Irrespective of your age, experience, or physical ability, it’s never too late to start exercising and overhaul your life, health and wellbeing. The health benefits of regular physical exercise are hard to ignore. It can give you a much-needed boost to your physical and mental health and leave you feeling happier, stronger, and generally healthier than ever before.
Here are just some of the health benefits of regular exercise. With rewards like these, it’s time to stop making excuses and start getting active!
Maintain Healthy Muscles and Bones
Exercise plays a vital role in helping you to build and maintain strong muscles and bones. Exercise releases hormones that help your body to absorb the amino acids they need to grow. This will become particularly important as you age because the ageing process can reduce your muscle mass and function, leaving you more likely to experience injury or disability.
As a result, by building your bone and muscle strength now, you can reduce your likelihood of developing osteoporosis in later life.
To really focus on your bone strength, choose high impact exercises such as running or aerobics. Sports such as tennis, squash, football and basketball are also great for focusing on bone and muscle strength.
Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men in the UK, but if you can schedule around 150 minutes of moderate to intensive exercise into your routine every week then you can reduce this risk significantly. Regular exercise will lower your blood pressure, help you to maintain a healthy weight (which is another significant risk factor in the development of cardiovascular disease) and improve your cholesterol levels.
If you are looking to improve your heart health, then the kind of exercise you choose isn’t necessarily so important. As long as it increases your heart rate and leaves you feeling breathing deeply for a significant amount of time, you will receive the health benefits of your exertions. The goal is to exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes, 3 times a week, so that you are sweating by the end of each session.
Improve Your Sexual Health
Exercise has been proven to boost sex drive and improve the quality of your sexual performance. One study found that there was a clear correlation between the amount of exercise a man enjoyed and his frequency of sexual activity. So much so, in fact, that many doctors now recommend a positive and beneficial exercise regime in order to help with cases of erectile dysfunction, in addition to medications such as generic Cialis.
If you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction then you can help to improve and control your condition using exercises such as pelvic floor exercises and basic Kegel exercises. A study from the University of the West found that these exercises could help 40 percent of men who were suffering from erectile dysfunction to regain their normal erectile function. As exercise boosts your mood and improves your blood circulation, it stands to reason that it would leave you much more able to improve your sexual performance.
Improve Your Mental Health
Regular physical activity plays a key role in helping to keep your mind sharp, and to improve your thinking and learning skills as you age. It will also reduce your likelihood of developing depression and improve the quality of your sleep.
Even a short ten-minute walk will be enough to give your mood a boost and improve your overall wellbeing. The key here is to find physical activity or form of exercise that you enjoy, so that you’ll be more likely to do it regularly. You’ll find that your stress and anxiety is reduced and that your self-esteem is given a boost. Finally, one of the most often promoted benefits of regular exercise is its ability to help you shift any excess weight or maintain your current weight. Physical exercise helps you to burn calories, and the more intensive the exercise you choose, the more calories you will burn.
It doesn’t matter if you can’t find the time to spend an hour in the gym every day.
Remember that any exercise is better than not exercising at all. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Walk up to the high road rather than drive up there. As long as you’re consistently engaging in some form of physical activity, it will be much better for your health than not doing any exercise at all.
Model Thomas Vilaceca
Photography Bruno Martinez