You know exercise is good for you, but are you aware of its comprehensive effect on your health? Adding physical fitness to your schedule can combat chronic diseases, reduce your weight, and boost your self-esteem. Here are some more reasons to get off the couch. Regular exercise
- reduces the risk of dying prematurely from heart disease;
- decreases the risk of developing diabetes;
- diminishes the risk of developing high blood pressure;
- helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure;
- reduces the risk of developing colon cancer;
- alleviates feelings of depression and anxiety;
- burns calories to help you lose or manage your weight;
- aids in building and maintaining healthy bones, muscles, and joints;
- helps older adults become stronger and better able to move about without falling;
- promotes psychological well-being.
Exercise comes in many different forms. Use our handy calculator below to find out how many calories you burn when participating in some common physical activities. Don’t forget that when trying to lose weight, you’ll need to adjust your food intake according to exercise and calories burned.