We’ve all heard that exercise is paramount for a picture of perfect health. You don’t have to take up sports or even running to reap the benefits of good health. Low-intensity physical activity can go a long way to help you stay healthy and fit. Did you know that exercise not only prevents obesity, improves cardio-vascular activity, improves metabolism and even helps prevent dementia. Don’t believe it? Read on to be baffled.
#1 Healthy weight management in children with exercise
Obesity in children is on the rise. Blame it on fried food, smartphones or even video games, the statistics don’t lie. Researchers at University of Eastern Finland state that even 10 minutes of high-intensity physical activity per day played a big role in reducing obesity and improving cardiovascular activity and overall fitness in children. The research suggests that by substituting even 10 minutes of being sedentary with moderate or high-intensity physical activity can improve fitness.
#2 Reverse aging with exercise
"What to reverse aging? Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center reveal that exercise has the power to reverse aging. Heart failure can be prevented in the future with proper exercise. That is two to three times a week was not enough, but regular exercise about four to five times a week could help prevent future heart diseases and can help reverse aging. The researchers suggest an exercise regimen that is four to five times a week and is in 30-minute sessions. There must also be warm-up and cool-down sessions.
#3 Beat the negative effects of menopause with exercise
Menopause can be a real bother. Along with its very commonly associated symptoms of hot flashes and osteoporosis there are other issues menopausal women face like weight gain and insulin regulation. Research suggests that minimal exercise is all it takes for postmenopausal women to help regulate insulin in their body. This can go a long way in regulating weight gain.
#4 Keep dementia at bay with exercise
If you thought that this was it and exercise could only do so much. Wait for it, because dementia can also be prevented with proper regular exercise. Researchers at Goethe University,Frankfurt have revealed that cognitive impairment can be significantly reduced with exercise. It would be greatly beneficial for those at greater risk for dementia. So if you know you are at a greater risk for dementia, why not invest a few minutes to a regular workout.
#5 Facial exercise-for a healthier younger looking face
If you thought exercise is only beneficial for the heart and other internal organs, you are sadly mistaken my friend. Researchers at the Northwestern University have revealed that a daily 30 minute regime of facial exercises can make middle aged women look younger. A 20-week facial exercise program resulted in firmer cheeks and an overall younger youthful appearance.
#6 Benefits of short burst exercise
Okay, so now that we have established that exercise helps regulate body weight, improves body metabolism, improves heart health and insulin regulation in the body there is another organ that can benefit from even a 10 minute exercise session. Make a guess. Its the brain! So to give your brain a jolt all your need to do is a short burst 10 minute exercise. It is like hitting the refresh button n your brain. University of Western Ontario revealed this interesting research finding. This finding is especially helpful for students or anyone who does cognitively demanding work. So a short burst of exercise before undertaking any mentally exhausting work like a test or an interview will be helpful to boost cognitive performance.
While we are on the topic of short bursts of exercise, researchers at the American Heart Association revealed that short bursts of exercise was far more beneficial for people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Such short bursts of exercises improved cholesterol, blood sugar and even regulated body weight among type 2 diabetes patients when compared to a 30 minutes session of sustained low intensity exercise. Please note that the short burst of activity was high intensity. Such high-intensity, short burst activity done 3 times a day for about 5 days a week helped a lot in patients diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
#7 Exercise can help boost memory
Medication to treat cognitive impairment is becoming increasing popular these days. But don’t be surprised if your doctor asks you to take up some form of exercise. Mild cognitive impairment like the ones that do not significantly interfere with day-to-day life or pose a serious threat to safety. Can be easily managed with exercise. The exercise suggested for such cases include brisk walking or jogging for 150 minutes a week.
So take a decision today and consciously decided to exercise everyday. Systematic approach is the right way to go about when you need to take up exercising. Dedicate a specific time of your day to regular exercise. If you decide to take up walking for half an hour, then stick to it. Maintaining a regime is key when it comes to exercise. So what are you waiting for?! Start today and remember, you can do it!