Exercise improves mood and mental health
Exercising stimulates many brain chemicals that can help you feel happier, more relaxed and less anxious. It also can give you a natural high that makes you want to get out there and move more.
Reduces your risk of disease
Regular physical activity reduces your risk for diseases that can be fatal, such as heart disease and diabetes. It also strengthens your muscles, bones and joints.
Lowers your weight and body fat levels
People who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of developing chronic disease, such as heart disease and cancer. Regular physical activity can help you lose excess weight and keep it off.
Increases energy and stamina
Exercise increases the flow of blood to your muscles, which means more oxygen and nutrients are available to them. It also boosts your heart rate, which can provide more energy for your body and mind to function.
Prevents aches and pains
Regularly exercising can help reduce your chances of experiencing pain from conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis and chronic back pain. It can also help build muscles and bones that can help relieve pain later in life.
The right amount of exercise can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. For example, a study found that people with insomnia who exercised a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity spread over the course of a week reported better sleep quality than those who did not.