Six Benefits Of Exercise (other than weight loss)

Melanie Thomassian Health Pro
  • Often when you mention to someone that you love to exercise, or are planning to add more to your daily life, it's presumed you are doing it to lose weight.

    Of course, exercise and a healthy eating plan are the perfect combination for losing weight!

    However, there are so many other reasons to incorporate exercise into your life.

    If you need further convincing, here are 6 benefits of exercise:

    1. General Health
    The number one reason to take some form of regular exercise is for your overall health.

    There is overwhelming scientific evidence showing that people who exercise moderately, but regularly, enjoy better overall health, than those with sedentary lifestyles.

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    From physical health to mental health – exercise is a huge factor in enjoying improved wellbeing.

    2. Serious Disease
    Regular exercise can help to prevent heart disease and strokes — two of the biggest causes of death and illness.

    Studies show that those who lead sedentary lifestyles, with little to no activity, have an almost double risk of getting heart disease, than those who are more active.

    Other illnesses and conditions which exercise can help to prevent include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels.

    3. Bone, Joint and Musculoskeletal Disorders
    Exercising is absolutely vital for the health of your bones, as it helps to increase bone density.

    Thankfully, it’s never too late to begin trying to improve the health of your bones, and any weight-bearing exercise you incorporate into your workout program will be beneficial.

    Conditions such as osteoarthritis can also be improved by exercise, as can some of the more common types of lower back pain.

    4. Energy Levels
    It may sound like a contradiction, but evidence suggests the more you exercise the more energy you will have.

    People who exercise also report better sleeping patterns, which will obviously contribute to increased energy levels.

    5. Body Image
    There’s no doubt about it, when you feel good about the way you look you will feel better in general.

    And, feeling good about the way you look doesn’t have to mean being super-thin, or perfectly muscular and toned.

    Whatever your shape or size, exercise will improve the overall look of your body, and this should help you to feel good about yourself.

    6. Psychological Health
    In recent years more and more studies have been published suggesting exercise can also improve your mental health.

    In fact, such is the power of exercise that people with mild to moderate forms of depression are encouraged to take up exercise as part of their recovery process. 

    Obviously, depression must be treated by a qualified practitioner, but it does seem that incorporating some form of regular exercise into your weekly routine can help to make people feel better and increase their self-esteem.

    Get Going!
    People who exercise regularly report feeling happier and more satisfied with their lives — I'm sure you would like to experience that, too!

    By introducing at least 30 minutes of exercise to your routine, 5 days per week, you could soon be feeling less stressed, sleeping better, and noticing a boost to your self-esteem... in no time at all!

  • Melanie Thomassian is a registered dietitian, who shares healthy eating ideas on her blog, and is the author of the new Healthy Eating Handbook.

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Published On: November 04, 2010