As much as I love to exercise, sometimes it can be hard to get motivated. That’s why I’m going to tell you about the benefits of regular exercise and diet.
Reduce the risk of heart disease.
Regular exercise can help you reduce the risk of heart disease. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide and it’s estimated that more than 1 billion people suffer from heart disease at any given time. It’s also one of the most common causes of death in both men and women around the world.
Exercise has been shown to lower cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure, which reduces your risk for developing heart attacks or stroke by about 25%. In fact, exercise may be even more effective than medications like statins in reducing blood pressure—a major factor in developing heart problems such as atherosclerosis (hardening) or clogged arteries due to plaque buildup on their walls.
Better prevention and control of diabetes.
If you have diabetes, regular exercise can help you prevent or manage it.
Exercise helps with blood sugar control: When your body burns fat, it generates more glucose in the bloodstream than if you were just sitting on a couch watching TV. This extra glucose stimulates the pancreas to make more insulin, which lowers your blood sugar levels. In addition to helping keep your blood sugars healthier, regular exercise also decreases total body fat and improves muscle tone (which means that people who are overweight will see greater benefits).
Exercise can help with diabetes management: If you’re already living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes but don’t take medications for managing it, then exercising regularly may be enough to improve your health without having to change how much food or drink you eat—and without taking any pills at all!
Increase metabolic rates.
You’ve probably heard that exercise increases the rate at which your body burns calories, but you may not know exactly how. That’s because it can be difficult to measure the amount of energy used by any one part of the body. But scientists have found that exercise does increase your metabolic rate—the number of calories burned by an individual’s body in a given time period—and this increased efficiency helps us to maintain our weight and keep active lifestyle habits going strong.
In addition to burning more calories than usual while you’re exercising, regular workouts also help build lean muscle mass (which requires more energy) as well as fat-burning muscle tissue (which requires less).
Improve sleep cycles.
Exercise can help you sleep better, too. If you’re getting enough exercise, it’s possible that your body is naturally producing hormones that help regulate the production of melatonin, which helps us fall asleep. And if you do an intense workout before bedtime—say, running a half marathon or doing a HIIT workout—you’ll likely wake up feeling less fatigued than usual and ready for another good night’s rest.
In addition to helping with sleeping patterns, exercise also seems to help reduce stress and anxiety levels by boosting your serotonin levels in the brain (serotonin is associated with mood regulation). This means that working out will have a positive impact on your mental health even outside of the physical realm!
Improved immune system.
The immune system is the body’s defense against illness and disease, but it can also be a source of frustration. When you’re sick, your immune system needs to work hard to fight off germs and bacteria that are entering your body through inhalation or ingestion. When you exercise regularly, however, the number of infection fighting cells in your blood increases—and with them so does the strength of these cells!
This means that even when you’re running a fever (or worse), exercising will help keep you healthier by enhancing your natural defenses against illness. In fact:
Exercise enhances the performance of white blood cells called lymphocytes (LYM-uh-lowks) and increase the production of antibodies, which play a key role in fighting off viruses like colds and flu as well as cancerous tumors.
Now, can you guess what’s the best thing you can do for your health? It is exercise and diet! If you want to improve your overall health and well-being, then regular exercise and a healthy diet are key.
If you take care of yourself by exercising regularly and eating properly, then you’ll have better energy levels throughout the day (which means less stress), feel happier about yourself (which makes it easier to deal with problems), sleep better at night (which means fewer naps!), have more energy for life’s challenges like work or school (or just going out with friends)!
By Dr Alpana Mohta, MD, DNB, Dermatologist, venereology and cosmetologist
About the Author
Dr. Alpana, MD, DNB is an award-winning dermatologist with myriad achievements that have spanned her career. She has a keen interest in research which is evident by her 60+ research publications in noted scientific journals. Her academic performance in medical school has been excellent apparent by the numerous medals and awards she received during her training. Needless to say, her patients swear by her treatment and expertise.
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Very Informative doc
You’re inspiring me to take better care of myself too. Thank you for sharing ur views☺️☺️☺️ loved it…keep inspiring us…
A really informative article. Makes me want to exercise more frequently.
Thank you for the information. Really opened my eyes to how important it is to exercise daily.
Wonderful article abundance of knowledge 👏 👍 need more article regarding health awareness
Very intriguing, great work Dr Alpana
Superb guidance for health care keep it up
Nice motivation & guidance for regular exercise. .
absolutely on point, just need to let go of the inertia and all the mentioned points convert from words of an article to reality.
Excellent description on diet and exercise keep it up 👍👍
What a great piece of article! Really informative.
Loved the article!!! Keep inspiring us…
Very informative article.
Exercise has helped me more than any thing else for bringing my PCOD under control.
It is very useful information provided for your skin and health
Thanks for the information. But wha about the health benefits of other habits like drinking a lot of water and eating green vegetables daily?
Which exercises would you recommend for patients with diabetes?
What is the best way to reduce 5kgs weight within a month?
I also want to know if there is any special type of exercise that can help with arthritis.
Can I do squats if I have a 5 year old knee injury?
Also, I agree with the health benefits of exercise for patients with diabetes. My wife was prediabetic. After a 6 mont long strict adherence to work out routines, her blood sugar levels are back to normal.
Pranayam is the best form of workout!