6 Great Benefits of
- Physical activity burns calories, so the
more you just get up and move, the more calories you will
burn. You even burn extra calories doing things like running
the vacuum cleaner or going up and down steps.
- Exercise may help you succeed at breaking
your weight loss plateau. Many people hit a stopping point
where their diet and amount of exercise simply seems to stop
working. Increasing your physical activity may give your
weight loss another "push" and you'll begin losing again.
Strength training is especially effective in doing so
because building muscle will burn fat.
- Exercise increases your metabolic rate
and the rate stays elevated for some time, even once you've
stopped the activity. Perhaps this is why active people can
"Eat anything and not gain weight." and why other folks
"Gain weight just by looking at food."!
- Exercise will help you sleep better.
Just be sure not to exercise too close to
your bedtime if you exercise at night, because it may keep
you awake. If you need to exercise within a few hours of
going to bed, make sure it's only a brisk walk. Experts say
you should allow yourself about three hours between exercise
and going to bed. Save the high-impact aerobics for the
a.m., mid-day or early afternoon.
- Exercise is good for body and soul.
Exercising improves mood and due to the chemicals it
releases in the brain called endorphins, it gives you an
overall feeling of well-being. This is the same chemical
that being in love or eating chocolate induces!
- Exercise reduces the risk for several
diseases including heart disease, adult-onset diabetes, high
blood pressure or hypertension, breast cancer, osteoporosis
and colon cancer. Exercise may also help prevent, or be
effective in treating, some mental illnesses, such as