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Does exercise matter?

Regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health. It has been shown to improve physical and mental health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and even extend life expectancy. Here are the physical benefits of exercise:

  • Reduces your risk of chronic diseases. Exercise can help lower your risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
  • It helps you maintain a healthy weight. Exercise can help you burn calories and lose weight or maintain a healthy weight if you’re already at a healthy weight.
  • Improves your mood and mental health. Exercise can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also improve your self-esteem and overall sense of well-being.
  • Increases your energy levels. Exercise can help you feel more energized throughout the day.
  • Strengthens your bones and muscles. Exercise can help build strong bones and muscles, which can help reduce your risk of injuries.
  • Improves your sleep. Exercise can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
  • Boosts your immune system. Exercise can help your body fight off infection.
  • Increases your lifespan. Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly live longer than those who don’t.

Mental Benefits of Exercise

  • Improves cognitive function and memory.
  • Reduces the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Helps people with depression and anxiety.
  • Increases self-esteem and confidence.
  • Improves quality of life.

The Benefits of Exercise Are Far-Reaching

The benefits of exercise are numerous. It can help you live a longer, healthier, happier life. If you need to be active, start slowly and gradually increase the activity. Even a little bit of exercise is better than none.

Here are some tips for getting started with exercise:

  • Find an activity that you enjoy, and that fits into your lifestyle.
  • Set realistic goals and start slowly.
  • Find a friend or family member to exercise with.
  • Make exercise a priority and schedule it into your day.
  • Don’t be afraid to try new things.
  • Keep going if you miss a day or two. Just get back on track as soon as possible.
  • Use a wearable device to make it fun. Our suggestions are here.
  • Need an app to help you track your health along with fitness goals? We have a list for that too.  

Exercise is a great way to improve your health and well-being. So get moving and start enjoying the benefits today!

Erin McDermott

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