How To Live Longer
Posted on 06 September 2016
It's no secret, but something people tend to look past. You can extend the quantity of years you live, and the quality of life you have by just eating right and exercising.
I've often stated that your diet accounts for about 80 percent of the benefits you'll reap from a healthy lifestyle, but even if you're eating the best diet in the world, you still need to exercise effectively to reach your highest level of health.
Regular walks can cut your heart disease risk in half, no matter the chances you have at it. There are many benefits to regular exercise, but here are a few.
No. 1: Controls weight
Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn.
No. 2: Combats health conditions and diseases
Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good," cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases.
No. 3: Improves mood
Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
No. 4: Boosts energy
Get winded by household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your strength and boost your energy. Exercise and physical activity help your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.
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