We all know what the benefits of exercise are. The most common incentive for people to workout is also its most common advantage: It helps us reduce and keeps our weight at healthy levels. We also know that it prevents heart-related ailments like high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis. It makes us stronger, too. A person who is fit is much more able to go through the entire day with zest and vigor. On the psychological level, we know that exercise stimulates the production of endorphins that make us feel good.
If these are not enough to encourage you to get moving, perhaps you need to learn more about the other benefits of exercise that are not highlighted as much in many fitness and weight loss articles. By gaining a deeper understanding of the other incentives of working out, perhaps you’d be more encouraged to cut the couch potato habit.
It’s not exactly clear how exercise staves off cardiac problems but we know that it keeps the cardiovascular system functioning at its best. Exercise plays a role in keeping the heart healthy by reducing the tendency of the blood to cause clots in the blood vessels. Regular workouts prevent these clots from causing heart attacks.
New blood vessels that improve cardiac and muscular circulation are also developed with regular workouts. Together with that, the heart’s stroke volume is also increased, enabling it to efficiently pump blood to the rest of the body’s systems. When you exercise, you also enlarge the arteries of your heart. These makes for a cardiovascular system that is healthier and not plagued by heart attacks.
The role of exercise in the prevention of heart disease has been well-established. But did you know that regular workouts play a great role in preventing cancer? It enables the digestive system to become more effective in its role in processing the food we eat. When it is this efficient, the incidence of developing colon cancer is reduced. Other forms of cancer prevented by regular exercise are breast, lung and stomach cancers.
Women have an even better reason to include exercise in their daily routine. Ladies who workout reduce their risk of developing endometriosis by as much as 50 percent. Endometriosis is a gynecological medical illness where cells that are supposed to line the uterus become numerous in the uterine cavity, especially in the ovaries. Cramping and pelvic pain that are worse during menstruation are two of its most common symptoms.
Women who want to bear their own child or children in the future would do well to avoid getting endometriosis inasmuch as it leads to infertility problems. Women who are in their reproductive years would do well to make regular exercise a habit to prevent endometriosis from ruining their future plans of raising a family.
Finally, the best incentive for working out, at least from the point of view of aesthetics, is that it makes you lose weight. Aside from the fact that it slims you down, working out increases the flow of blood to your skin and makes it positively glow. For those who suffer from unbecoming eye bags in the morning, exercise reduces that by helping you sleep more soundly each night.