Here are 20 very good reasons to get up off the couch and get your heart rate up. These should inspire you.
A 30-minute walk every day can do more for your long-term health than all the efforts of a dozen doctors and their medication.
Not only does exercise improve your health, even if you have already been diagnosed with something, but it can go a long way to prevent the onset of several life-threatening conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
And exercise can make you look great – younger, fitter and thinner. Who needs any more convincing?
We have scrutinised the medical journals. Here’s a summary of the proven health benefits of exercise:
1. It’s good for your heart
“Even a moderate amount of exercise helps your heart,” says Dr William Kraus, associate professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Centre, in an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine. “Some exercise is better than none and more is better than less.”
Exercise reduces LDL cholesterol, the kind that clogs arteries. It also reduces your blood pressure, relieving stress on your heart; improves your insulin sensitivity; improves heart muscle function; and blood flow and diminishes the chances of developing blood clots. These findings have been corroborated by a host of studies over the years.