Despite your busy career, it’s important to get some exercise. When we were children, exercise was a regular part of our day. That meant playing outside or playing a sport after school. As we got older, exercise became part of the school curriculum and gym class was mandatory. But in adulthood, exercise is a choice. This means you need to carve out time in your schedule, buy workout clothes, join a gym, etc.
The entire process can seem daunting to some but exercising for just a few hours a week has an impact on your overall health. Besides shedding pounds, it improves the quality of your life. Read on to learn the benefits of exercise.
Exercise improves your mood
Exercise has a profound effect on your mental and emotional well-being. After exercising, your body releases endorphins, the feel-good hormone. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that send signals to the brain to relieve stress and pain. Once released, the body enters a euphoric state that enhances the immune system. Likewise, after exercise, the body unloads two other chemicals, serotonin and norepinephrine, which help to relieve depression and anxiety.
Exercise prevents obesity
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 93.3 million U.S. adults are obese. Obesity leads to stroke, heart disease, diabetes and even premature death. It’s a serious health condition that is becoming an epidemic in this country. Not only does obesity affect your health, it also affects your checkbook. Per the CDC, obese U.S. patients pay over $100 billion in healthcare costs each year. To fight obesity, you need to exercise. Exercise makes the body expend energy, which speeds up the metabolism. Once the metabolism revs up, the body starts burning calories and you lose weight.
Exercise improves the skeletal system
As people age, their bones start to lose density leading to osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases. Exercise increases bone and muscle mass, preventing fractures and other injuries. High-impact activities like jogging and playing basketball are great for bone density. Weight lifting is the go-to activity for building muscle mass.
As a healthcare provider, you see first-hand the effects lack of exercise has on the human body. At Medical Professionals, we want you looking and feeling your best. So, heed our advice and get moving! As always, continue reading our blog for more beneficial advice.