What are the benefits of exercise?
We’ve all heard that exercise is good for us, but why? When we exercise, we build muscles by increasing the size and number of our muscle fibers. Exercise increases the efficiency of our nervous system, which also helps improve our balance and coordination. Cardiovascular-type exercise helps condition our heart and lungs by increasing blood flow to keep these organs strong and healthy.
Exercise also allows our brain to function at it’s best. It helps elevate the natural hormones in our body which can improve mood and feelings of wellness. Physical activity improves alertness, attention and motivation, therefore optimizing our mind-set. It is thought that exercise can help defend us from stress, anxiety and mood disorders.
It is important for our mind and body to stay active throughout life. A simple 15-30 minutes of daily aerobic exercise can help. This includes brisk walking, light jogging, cycling, swimming…anything that gets your heart rate up.
If you are unsure what type of exercise is right for you, consult your doctor and/or any physiotherapist at Summit Physiotherapy.
Written by Haley Carrier