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When you think of the benefits of exercise, you probably think first of weight loss or heart health.
But exercise is good for alleviating any number of health conditions you may be facing, including back pain, anxiety, low libido, and insomnia, to name a few. Before you head to the doctor for medicine, try adding exercise to your daily routine and see if you notice any improvements. You may be surprised.
Learn how exercise can help treat your condition as well as what type of exercise is most effective.
Your body has natural painkillers called endorphins. Exercise causes your body to increase the production of endorphins, which raises your pain threshold. Not only will exercise help you cope with pain, but also it will lessen pain by improving your joint, nerve, and muscle function.
Many people suffer with an aching back from sitting hunched over at a desk or standing on their feet all day. Perhaps your back hurts when you perform certain movements or maybe there’s a dull pain at all times. As you age, the muscles in your back that support your spine weaken and this contributes to an aching back. Back pain can wear you down, but is rest really what you need?
Try strength training to strengthen your lower back, oblique, and abdominal muscles. Strong core muscles go a long way in taking pressure off your spine and improving your range of motion.
Stressed out? Anxious thoughts keeping you from falling asleep? Relieve stress naturally with cardio exercise. When your heart rate increases, your body produces more mood-enhancing brain chemicals such as norepinephrine, serotonin, and GABA to help you relax for hours to come. Have a stressful day ahead? Start your day with exercise.
Medicate Hormonal Imbalance
Suffering from hot flashes, low libido, PMS, or polycystic ovary syndrome? Rather than drugs, exercise may be your answer. Getting 150 minutes a week of moderate cardio exercise will help balance your hormones, increase your stamina, improve circulation, and release the endorphins that fight fatigue, pain, and stress.
As an added perk, overweight women have a higher rate of severe symptoms related to their hormones. As exercise is an effective tool for weight loss, it’s certainly worth a try.
Medicate Sleep Disorders
Can’t fall asleep at night? Wake up and can’t go back to sleep? There’s little in life more frustrating than insomnia. What you need may be regular moderate cardio exercise early in the day. Vigorous strength training or high intensity cardio exercise may have a negative effect on sleep—especially when done right before bedtime.
Following exercise, your body temperature drops, promoting sleep. Exercise also relaxes you and lessens symptoms of anxiety and depression, which often keep people awake at night. In addition, exercise helps regulate your body’s natural circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle).
Maybe you sleep fine at night, but feel sleepy during the day. Rather than relying on caffeine, try getting off the couch and taking a walk. People who exercise report less daytime sleepiness and more daytime energy.
Overall, exercise will help you fall asleep quicker, stay asleep longer, and feel energized during the day.
Medicate Sickness and Disease
Who doesn’t want to live a long, healthy life? Exercise can help you toward that end. Regular exercise not only helps you manage health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, but it also helps prevent them. Reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by 33 percent, colon cancer by 60 percent, heart disease by 40 percent, and diabetes by 50 percent. All with a little bit of exercise.
Exercise shouldn’t be an option. Your body was made to move and functions best when it gets regular movement. Take advantage of the enormous benefits of exercise by moving your body!
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