Health Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity

Thursday, June 18, 2020

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Health Benefits of Physical Activity

Engaging in regular exercise can reap numerous health benefits. All you have to do is to engage in  150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise such as jogging, brisk walking, swimming, cycling or other aerobic activities every week.

Physical Activity Is Good for Your Mental Health

Mental health goes hand in hand with physical fitness and they are interconnected. Regular exercise can not only improve your physical health but also help to elevate your mood. It is very important for you to pay attention to both your mental and physical health for a healthier you.

Physical Activity Helps You Lose Weight

Regular exercise can help you get rid of excess fat. Your body burns calories as you exercise. The more you exercise, the more calories you burn! Exercise is helpful for weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight.

Fat and carbohydrates are the fuels that our muscles burn when we exercise. Aerobic exercise increases the oxygen consumption of your muscles, allowing your body to burn body fat more efficiently.

Regular Physical Activity Keeps Your Heart, Lungs and Bones Healthy

Physical activity improves blood flow to your heart, lungs and blood vessels. Your heart muscles get stronger with regular aerobic exercise. You will realise that you have more energy to do the things you enjoy and won't feel tired as easily.

In addition, muscle-strengthening activities keep your bones and muscles strong. Activities such as resistance training work on the major muscle groups in your body, making them stronger and more resilient. Regular muscle-strengthening activities also increase bone density which can help prevent and reduce your risk of osteoporosis.

Physical activity Makes You Feel Good

Physical activity can enhance your emotional and psychological well-being by improving your self-esteem. Your body releases chemicals called endorphins when you exercise. Endorphins are "feel-good" chemicals that uplift your mood and can even reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.

Physical Activity Keeps Diseases Away

Regular physical activity reduces the risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Osteoporosis

Engaging in a total of two to three hours of physical activity a week can reduce your risks of developing chronic diseases and you get to enjoy a better quality of life.

Move It!

Incorporate exercises into your daily life through various physical activities. 30 minutes a day of physical activity, 5 times or more a week will do you wonders. Even if you are very busy, make time for it. Here is what you can do:

  • Dance to your favourite songs
  • Walk briskly at the park
  • Walk to work
  • Skip the elevator and take the stairs
  • Cycle to the grocery store
  • Mop vigorously
  • Do jumping jacks as you watch television

Create a regular workout routine for yourself. It can be jogging, swimming, or cycling. Try different types of exercises for variety and also for the different health benefits. Exercising does not have to be a lonely activity. Get your friends to join in some group sports, such as badminton, basketball or tennis. You can even pick up a new sport like inline skating.

Reap the Rewards of Physical Activity

Let's get active today! Don't miss out on the excellent health benefits that regular physical activity can bring you. Whether you're planning on jogging, swimming, rollerblading, rock climbing or playing football – it does not matter. Physical activity in any form can be fun!

Resting is just as important as exercising. Do your workouts on alternate days to prevent unnecessary straining or injuries to muscles. Make sure you get enough sleep so that you will be ready to tackle new challenges the next day!

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“Health Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity” by Health Promotion Board, 18 June 2020, www.healthhub.sg.

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