Regular physical activity can help manage stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression and arthritis.
You’ve heard people say “A body in motion stays in motion,” right? Well, what you may not have heard is just how many health benefits you receive from even the simplest of movements.
For instance, did you know that regular physical activity can help manage many common health concerns?
“Staying in motion can keep health issues and diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, arthritis and depression in check,” says Alyssa Joel, an exercise physiologist and trainer at CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.
Being physically active also boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides, says Dr. Margaret Eagan, an endocrinologist at CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.
What else can movement do for you?
Be happier and more relaxed.
Movement stimulates various brain chemicals that may help you feel happier and more relaxed, and it delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently, which improves your muscle strength and boosts your endurance.
“Staying active on a regular basis can also help you fall asleep faster and improve your quality of sleep,” Eagan says.
Get a boost of confidence.
Brain chemicals stimulated by physical activity can help you feel better about your appearance, boost confidence and improve your self-esteem.