Four Hidden Benefits of Exercise
Do You Know the Hidden Benefits of Exercise? Lose weight, gain strength: These are the usual benefits you expect to come from regular exercise. But did you know staying active has additional perks?
If you’re having trouble sleeping, you may not be getting enough activity during the day. Research shows that getting even 10 minutes of daily physical activity can help you sleep better and reduce your risk of developing a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. The benefit may be even greater if you’re able to exercise outside during the day.
Have you heard of “executive function”? That’s the name given to brain processes like planning, reasoning and problem-solving. Exercise may improve executive function, and it also may decrease your risk of developing a memory disorder as you age.
When you’re under a lot of stress, you might have an impulse to work out to feel better. That’s likely because exercise simultaneously slows the release of stress-related hormones and releases endorphins, chemicals that can improve your mood.
Regular exercise can help your body fight infection, so it reduces your risk of common illnesses, such as the cold and flu. Exercise has even been shown to reduce the risk of more serious conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
Always speak with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
This information has been created and supplied to you courtesy of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. The information is general in nature and is intended to provide you with an overview of the wellness topic to help you and your family get and stay healthy. It is not intended as a substitute for the professional advice and care of your doctor. If you have any questions or concerns about your health or the health of any of your family members, consult your doctor.