What if I told you there is a miracle drug that can help you lose weight, feel great, control most ailments, and costs you almost nothing, would you be interested?
I hear a resounding “yes.” This miracle drug is none other than exercise. Before you roll your eyes and turn away, let me tell you that exercise does not have to be painful, boring, or time-consuming. In fact, when you get used to exercising on a regular basis, you will wonder what took you so long to start. Exercise delivers the benefits listed above, and more.
5 Benefits of exercise – The Miracle Drug:
Weight loss –
Exercise boosts your metabolism, which helps you burn more calories and lose weight. The first change you will observe as you begin to exercise regularly, at least 150 minutes a week is that your clothes fit more loosely, a sign that you are losing weight. That in itself may make you look better, but you will also feel better physically and mentally as your self-esteem improves.
Exercise causes oxygen-rich blood to flow to all your cells, giving you an increase in energy you would not experience from taking a nap. When you are tired, the last thing you may want to do is exercise. However, studies have found that sedentary people who regularly complain of fatigue can increase their energy levels by engaging in regular, low-intensity exercise. The key is low-intensity. This has been found to lower fatigue by a greater percentage than moderate or high-intensity.
Stress reduction –
We have long heard that exercise causes us to experience a rush of endorphins, the feel-good hormones, which cause us to, well, feel good. However, The American Psychological Association states there is little evidence of that. Rather, the article points out, researchers believe that this improvement in mood may be due to norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that helps modulate other brain chemicals when we exercise. This causes your body to deal better with stress by bringing all the body’s physiological systems into communication with each other. Whatever the cause, the article concludes, “the more sedentary we get, the less efficiently our bodies respond to stress.”
Improved sleep –
When was the last time you enjoyed a night of good restful sleep? Researchers report that millions of people over 55 have trouble either falling asleep or staying asleep. And many researchers agree that regular, moderate-intensity exercise can greatly improve a person’s quality of sleep. An interesting study published in the NY Times showed that individuals who exercise regularly over a period of time experience better sleep. One researcher, Dr. Baron, a clinical psychologist, stated that people with insomnia have what she calls, “a hyper-arousal of the stress system,” and it takes more than a random bout of exercise to overcome that arousal and achieve good quality sleep.
Other ailments –
It has been proven that people who exercise for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week can control or reverse the onset of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Losing as little as 10 pounds can help lower your blood pressure and ease the strain on your heart. People who suffer from depression also benefit from exercise. Neuroscientists have found that low-intensity exercise performed over a period of time can encourage new cell growth in the hippocampus, an area of the brain that regulates mood, and fight off depression as a result.
The evidence is overwhelming.
Regular, sustained exercise is your pathway to health and healing. And from this report, we see that it does not have to be vigorous. Low-intensity exercise seems to go a long way in helping you lose weight, improve sleep and fight off illnesses, and it costs you nothing. If you have been putting off starting an exercise regimen, don’t put it off any longer. Your health and your life may depend on it.