30 Minutes of Physical Activity a Day can Add More than just 10 Years on to Your Life!
November 8, 2016
Seeing the benefits from physical activity is as easy as just a simple 30 minutes of exercise per day. Regular aerobic activity isn’t just about strengthening or building muscles, it can improve heart and lung functionality, reduce your risk of disease, stimulate the growth of new brain cells, and essentially add many years to your life.
Here are some of the most basic benefits of exercise and general physical wellness:
Longer life – Bike rides or brisk walks help increase oxygen consumed and over the long term, cuts risk of premature death by 50% for both men and women.
Get sick less – The immune system accelerates every time you increase your heart rate and in turn increases the capacity of immune cells. Work out more and get more protection in the colder months when germs spread easily!
Lower risks of problems – Exercise will raise HDL cholesterol (the good one), lower blood pressure, and it’s suggested that it can also reduce arterial inflammation - a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. It can also help maintain regular blood sugar levels, risk of type 2 diabetes, by controlling weight and insulin sensitivity. This can also reduce the risk of colon, breast, and prostate cancer.
Asthma reduction - Frequent exercise can help reduce the need of an inhaler in mild cases of asthma.
Stress reliever – Regular exercise can lower the levels of stress and even effectively works as an anti-depressant.
Women’s Health – Walking or practicing yoga can enhance your mood, reduce stress, and even reduce period and menopausal pains.
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