Benefits of Physical Activity

Being physically active can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases such as diabetes or cardiovascular problems. It can also help you feel better about yourself which has a direct impact in your mental wellness.

People have the belief that they have to spend hours working out to obtain the benefits of physical activity but, in reality, a minimum of 30 minutes a day can provide great results, such as:

  • Boosts your energy: Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. When your heart and lung health are in good condition, you have more energy to tackle daily chores.
  • Lower blood pressure: Exercise lowers blood pressure by reducing blood vessel stiffness so blood can flow more easily. 
  • Enhances your mood: Aerobic exercise produces endorphins, or “feel good” chemicals. It also increases your heart rate, which triggers norepinephrine, a chemical that may help the brain deal with stress more effectively.
  • Improve your sleep patterns: Regular physical exercise can promote sleep quality as it minimizes disruptions by inducing deeper and more restful sleep phases.

Sources:

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/tips-get-active/benefits-physical-activity

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