3 Reasons Why Physical Activity Is So Important

At Targeted Nutrition Technologies in Auburn, WA, we help people live a healthier lifestyle. While a lot of the focus is on diet, since you can’t out-exercise a bad diet, physical activity is also important. No matter what your weight, getting moving and staying active can keep you healthier and relieve many aches and pains that can occur. Any exercise, whether done regularly or not, is better than no exercise at all and a program of regular exercise provides the most benefits.

You need regular exercise to boost your metabolism.

Exercising on a regular basis can boost your metabolism, especially when you build more muscle. The more muscle tissue you have, the more calories you burn. That’s because muscle tissue burns more calories for maintenance than fat tissue does. You’ll also find that everyday tasks are easier, and you’ll probably do more activities. The body is amazing. The more you work it, the more ready it is to do even more work and the longer you can do physical activity before getting exhausted.

You’ll tone your body, but also do so much more for your health.

Regular exercise can help promote heart health. It aids in normalizing cholesterol levels, reducing blood pressure and improving your overall circulation. As circulation improves, oxygen and nutrients are sent to every part of the body, improving your health at a cellular level. Exercise also helps stabilize blood sugar levels, which can prevent many metabolic diseases, including type 2 diabetes.

Exercise can improve your mood.

That’s right! When you workout, your body burns off the hormones of stress and replaces those hormones with ones that make you feel good. It also helps improve your posture so you walk taller and look more confident. People who look more confident are treated as though they’re confident, which ends up building that confidence. It also helps brain functioning and improves cognitive functioning. Many therapists now use exercise as an adjuvant treatment for depression, Alzheimer’s, dementia and anxiety.

  • While get some physical activity is important, you can’t live a sedentary lifestyle and suddenly do ten hours of intense training. That can be damaging to your health, too. You need to ease into exercise and focus on form.
  • You’ll improve your sleep when you exercise regularly. The better the quality of your sleep and the more consistently you get from 7-9 hours, the more improved your health. Lack of sleep can also cause weight gain.
  • Exercise can help strengthen muscles, which in turn tug on the bones and slow, stop or reverse calcium loss. Weight bearing exercise can be more beneficial for people with osteoporosis than some medications.
  • Exercise can lengthen your life and improve the quality of those extra years. It can even improve your sex life. Exercise can help you at the cellular level. It increases mitochondrial activity that keeps your cells stay younger.

For more information, contact us today at Targeted Nutrition Technologies