1. Keeps you youthful. Cardio exercise such as yoga, jogging, light aerobics, brisk walking or bicycling increase the amount of oxygen consumed during exercise. Studies now show that people who exercise regularly tend to stay healthier as they age — according to Web MD, researchers have found that people who exercise have cells that look much younger under a microscope than people who do not regularly exercise. And we all know, true beauty emanates from the inside out — what’s inside will eventually make its way through.
2. Increases immunity. Regular, mindful workouts (not over-doing it) rev-up the immune system. Research shares that the average adult has two to three upper respiratory infections each year. However, studies found that people with a regular exercise routine report fewer colds and infections. And a strong immunity keeps us saying yes to life and all its invitations.
3. Prevents heart disease. An inactive lifestyle is one of the top risk factors for heart disease. Physical activity helps to keep you at a healthy weight and can reduce your chances of developing conditions that may put a strain on your heart, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. And a healthy heart could just translate into healthier relationships.
4. Eases-up asthma. According to a study in the UK, eight out of ten people with asthma aren’t doing enough exercise. Mindful and appropriate exercise for asthmatics can actually improve your lung capacity, which can help to manage asthma.
5. Controls blood sugar and lower diabetes. Moderate exercise makes your heart beat faster. When this happens, your muscles use more glucose, the sugar in your blood stream. Over time, this can lower blood sugar level and help the insulin in your body work better.
6. Helps to prevent cancer. New studies show that there is strong evidence that exercise is associated with reduced risk of cancers of the colon and breast, and reduces the risk of endometrial/uterus, lung, and prostate cancers.
7. Alleviates stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever and can boost your feel-good endorphins — and distract you from daily, arbitrary worries.
8. Relieves menopausal symptoms. Moderate and frequent exercise has proven to improve the quality of sleep and elevate mood. It may also relieve night sweats, by reducing stress and balancing out hormones.
9. Protects men’s health. According to a study shared on Web MD, men who found time for five or more hours of exercise a week (just under an hour a day), whether job-related or for fun, were 30% to 50% less likely to develop an enlarged prostrate than those who exercised fewer than two hours a week.
10. Prolongs life. Researchers have found that moderate exercise, such as walking or bicycling, can substantially reduce your risk of early death.
And, just think — these are only 10 of the benefits of moving your body! Find what works best for you and the best part? You don’t have to over do it. Thirty minutes of sincere, moderate exercise every day will offer you life-affirming benefits.