As Dr. Cecilia Gaffaney knows, exercise is a key element of any healthy lifestyle. Below are five important reasons to make exercise a way of life:
-Improved endurance. The saying, “Use it or lose it,” applies to the body. To keep your body in tip-top shape, exercise often. In addition to increasing stamina, exercise improves the condition of your heart and internal organs.
-Health maintenance. Diseases are often the by-product of a stagnant body. Exercise improves circulation, stimulates the immune system, and reduces the risk of cancer, hypertension, and heart disease. Many people who exercise frequently also report fewer colds, body aches, and other ailments.
-Improved muscle tone. The body needs strength to carry out daily tasks at optimal levels. Exercise improves posture and tones muscles. Ligaments and joints will also benefit from regular cardiovascular exercise and resistance training.
-Weight control. In order to lose weight, you must consume fewer calories than you burn. Exercise aids this process by increasing the number of calories you burn and, in some cases, increasing metabolism, or the rate at which your body burns fat.
-Improved lifestyle. Frequent exercisers often report a variety of lifestyle improvements, including higher levels of energy, greater mental clarity, better sleep quality, and an improved sex life. All of these improvements work in concert to maximize the return on time spent exercising.
Exercise is fundamental to a healthy body and lifestyle. While daily exercise may be appropriate for experienced exercisers, experts recommend starting with three days per week for those who are new to it. Also, note that a balanced fitness regimen should combine cardiovascular activity and weight training.