Last Updated on September 20, 2023 by Boko Digital
Why is regular exercise so important for our overall health?
We often get told that regular exercise is one of the most important things we can do for our health. But, how often is regular? Do we need to commit to sweating it out at the gym everyday to keep our body and mind healthy or will walking around the block suffice? Greencare practitioner, Vanessa Smith explains why regular exercise is important for your long-term physical and mental health.
Improves overall physical health
It’s no secret that regular exercise leads to improved physical health. Brisk physical activity that gets your heart rate going will help you to maintain a healthy weight, build strength, and will improve your cardiovascular health too! Ideally, you should exercise to get your heart rate up for at least half an hour 2-3 times a week, but remember any physical activity is better than nothing.
It is important to try a wide variety of exercises to ensure there are benefits to your whole body (and to keep exercise interesting!).
Increases energy levels
Whilst committing to regular exercise seems like it could make you tired; physical activity actually increases your energy levels! Exercise helps your body produce more energy by improving circulation, oxygen flow, and nutrient delivery to your muscles. Over time, this can lead to increased stamina, endurance, and overall energy levels.
Helps to reduce stress
Physical activity releases endorphins, which are natural chemicals that help reduce stress and anxiety. Exercise also helps you relax, sleep better, and improve your mood, which can all contribute to a more positive outlook on life.
Improve your mental health
Regular exercise can reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. Exercise can also improve self-esteem and self-confidence, as well as improve cognitive function and memory. If you choose to exercise with other people, the social aspect will also contribute to improved overall mental health.
Exercise helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle, making it easier for you to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. This helps to reduce symptoms of sleep disorders like insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome.
Reduced risk of injury
If conducted in a safe way, physical activity can also reduce your risk of injury. Exercise helps improve balance, flexibility, and coordination, making it easier for you to perform everyday activities without getting injured. This is due to your muscles becoming stronger, more flexible and improves your range of motion by using them more often.
Regular exercise is essential for overall health and well-being and is important to prioritise in your life. So next time you’re tempted to skip your workout or regular activity, remember the many health benefits of regular exercise and make it a priority!