How Regular Exercise Can Improve Your Life
24 . June .2018Edward Agyeman0 Comments
Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Study after study shows the benefits it can have. Not only does regular exercise help you manage your weight and reduce your risk of developing diseases, it can help prevent and treat mental health problems.
No matter what your age, everyone benefits from exercise. Getting children active from an early age can instill healthy habits that will last into adulthood. Older people and seniors also hugely benefit from keeping active.
Just over 30 percent of children aged two to 15 are now classed as either overweight or obese. So it’s more important than ever to get children active. Physical activity in childhood has a number of benefits. It stimulates the development of the muscles, bones, and joints, as well as the heart and lungs. It helps children maintain a healthy weight. It gives them an opportunity to interact with other people and make friends. It can help children manage symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Why do I need to keep active?
Not being active enough greatly increases your risk of developing many diseases. Being as active as possible provides a whole host of benefits. Exercising regularly:
improves your muscular and cardiorespiratory fitness, improves your bone health reduces your risk of high blood pressure (hypertension), coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers helps manage your weight and reduces your risk of becoming obese reduces anxiety and depression and helps prevent mental health problems
boosts your mood and wellbeing
Reduce your risk of cancer
You’re less likely to develop certain cancers if you meet the weekly recommended amount of exercise (150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week).
Your risk of breast and bowel cancer can be up to 25 percent lower if you’re active compared with people who aren’t. Also, if you’re a woman and are regularly active, you have a third less risk of developing womb cancer than women who are inactive.
Some studies have shown that exercise may also reduce your risk of other cancers, such as lung and prostate cancer. But there isn’t enough evidence as yet to say this for certain.
Keeping active and exercising regularly will, on the whole, help you maintain a healthy body weight, This, in turn, reduces your risk of cancer, because being overweight or obese is a major risk factor for developing cancer.