If you are finding it hard to get in your daily work-out, and feeling uninspired by your weight loss and fitness goals, there is another angle to consider. Regular exercise not only helps maintain a healthy body weight but also prevents serious health problems and keeps your body functioning optimally. It reduces the risk and symptoms of physical and mental health conditions and slows your body’s ageing.
Now, that’s a thought to put fire into your daily work-outs. Yet, it’s more than just a general sweeping statement that exercise makes you healthy. Some good examples of physical ailments exercising helps with are blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes.
High blood pressure isn’t an issue to take lightly. If you suffer from high blood pressure, then you are at a higher risk of a stroke. Most people look to medication to lower their blood pressure before other methods, however, regular exercise can help to lower blood pressure by 40%.
The exercise doesn’t even have to be extreme to give top benefits. Walking for a minimum of 30 minutes per day can help patients reduce high blood pressure. If already physically fit, a patient can get even better results by adding in strength training or other weighted workouts.
After medicine, giving your diet an overhaul is one of the most common ways to positively impact your blood pressure. As always, the importance of exercise does not eliminate the need for a healthy diet. But pairing both together is the best way to go.
Exercise also prevents other heart-related problems even as it fights high blood pressure. Heart disease is a condition where cholesterol plaque has built up inside artery walls, weakening the heart and raising the risk of suffering from a heart attack.
Regular exercise helps to reverse damage to blood vessels, reducing the risk of a heart attack. Keeping your heart strong by doing both strength and cardio training will keep your veins as healthy as possible.
It may not be surprising to you that regular exercise helps to increase joint function. But it also relieves stiffness and reduces pain and fatigue while improving your range of motion. All of this means that exercise helps fight the symptoms of arthritis.
Many people make the mistake of pulling back on exercise when they develop arthritis because the motions hurt. It’s important not to overlook the fact that obesity is one major cause of arthritis in women. Don’t overlook the underlying cause of arthritis when looking at treatment. Increasing your physical activity, in the long run, will help with pain, just as lack of physical exercise will accelerate the disease.
There are many other diseases either caused or exacerbated by obesity. Type 2 Diabetes is one of those diseases. Regular physical activity reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a condition in which you have a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.
Exercise not only helps a person get healthy and fit, but it also helps regulate your insulin, which helps make sure you have the right level of blood sugar.
Once again, diet is also a big contributing factor in developing type 2 diabetes, therefore ensuring you have a healthy diet is vital. But diet alone can fail you. Exercise has benefits of its own to both help treat and help prevent diabetes.
Prevention is Easier Than Treatment
Even if you don’t currently suffer any of these diseases, remember that prevention is easier than treatment. Especially if your family members suffer from these conditions and you are at risk, it’s ideal that you take action before you are affected. Taking the actionable steps of consistent exercise and a good diet can help reduce your risks.
And if you do suffer from a disease or disorder that exercise can help treat why be in more pain or let a dangerous health condition go on? Exercise may not solve all of your problems but it does help—and any step toward a healthy lifestyle is a good one.