THE BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL EXERCISE

You will often hear advice like ‘exercise by taking a walk or jog’ from your doctor. Truth is physical exercise is easy to prescribe but difficult to start. Getting out of the shell of physical inactivity is no easy task. Starting and maintaining a physical exercise routine requires a lot of motivation, which for most people is derived from what benefits exercise can add to their health and general wellbeing.

Physical exercise is often described by many as a ‘magic pill’ owing to a plethora of its health benefits in averting many Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) whose prevalence is on the rise. This article will open your eyes into a realm of limitless benefits of exercise, which is both burdensome yet richly rewarding.

A great weight loss journey requires that you break a sweat as you burn off extra calories. Nothing comes easy. Routine physical activity is a key ingredient in your weight loss recipe.

Physical inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle is a precursor of many NCDs including diabetes, hypertension and heart complications. Regular exercises will reduce chances of getting such conditions and also improve your quality of life. For those with these conditions, it is an invaluable remedy for better disease management, in addition to drugs and supplements.

The more active you are physically, the younger your skin looks and feels. With a physical exercise routine, that ageing and wrinkled skin becomes firm and gets a glow that may be harder to recover with only lotions and creams.

In times of depression and low mood, a 15 minutes jog could drastically elevate your mood. A simple exercise routine could make or break your mental health. Exercise will help your body release the ‘feel good’ hormones which reduces stress and anxiety.

Failing to get quality sleep? Physical activity will improve the quality of your sleep. Many people struggle with having restful sleep or even regular sleep patterns. Exercise will reduce the time it takes to fall asleep and decrease the amount of time you lie awake in bed during the night.

The more you exercise, the stronger your bones become. As you age, your bones become weak and fragile a condition called osteoporosis. However, with adequate exercise, the progression of this condition is delayed.



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