Benefits of Exercise and a Lifetime of Fitness

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Daniel Pavlik Jr DC

Apr 21, 2020

Fitness and exercise are essential for everyone. Although starting young is very important, it is never too late to embrace a fitness lifestyle and start enjoying the benefits of exercise.

Physical fitness has a wide range of benefits. Strength and endurance make day-to-day life more manageable, allowing you to do more of what you love. The benefits of physical fitness go beyond merely being able to perform better on the track or at the gym.

Improved energy levels

When you’re more physically fit, your energy levels naturally improve. Your muscles are more durable, your oxygen levels are better, and your endorphin levels are higher. The result is more energy for your day-to-day tasks, and also for fun leisure activities. If household chores are leaving you exhausted and breathless, physical exercise may well be the answer you’re looking for.

Lower levels of cardiovascular disease

People who take regular physical exercise have healthier hearts. If you stay active, you’re less likely to suffer a heart attack or experience a decline in heart function. Those with a healthy, active lifestyle are also less likely to suffer from strokes. The benefits of fitness in your cardiovascular health can’t be overstated.

Lower levels of diabetes

People who exercise regularly tend to have lower rates of diabetes than those who don’t. If you’re physically fit, your body will typically show less insulin resistance than if you aren’t. This can help to prevent you from developing diabetes later in life.

Better sleep quality

Exercise is a natural remedy for insomnia and poor-quality sleep. People who enjoy daily physical activity usually sleep longer and more soundly than those who don’t. Your risk of sleep apnea is significantly reduced, too. It’s a good idea to avoid exercise right before bedtime, however. The increase in adrenalin provided by exercise can make it difficult for you to drop off to sleep.

Lower rates of depression and better mental health

Physical exercise reduces stress levels and has many other positive effects on mental health. Even moderate physical activity, if taken regularly, can help improve and support your mental health. Physical exercise has a stabilizing effect on your mood. In some cases, something as simple as a regular daily walk has proven to be as effective as antidepressant medication. Regular physical activity can help with anxiety and many other common mental illnesses.

Exercise can improve your love life

Exercise can even enhance intimacy with your partner. Improved levels of energy, a better mood, and an overall increase in your well-being can make things much more enjoyable in the bedroom. Many problems in the bedroom are caused by conditions that improve with regular exercises, such as circulatory issues.

Exercise can help you live longer

Physical fitness is strongly correlated with longevity. Deaths from all causes are lower in people who take regular exercise. The benefits of fitness extend to every system in the body, making regular exercise one of the best things you can do for your health.

Exercise is beneficial at any age

It’s best to start exercising when you’re young, setting the stage for lifetime fitness. That said, you’re never too old to begin reaping the benefits of physical exercise. Fitness is a lifestyle that anyone can embrace, regardless of their age or current activity levels.

You may be wondering what constitutes regular physical activity. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Most people should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week. As you can see, this is very easy to integrate into your daily life. A 30-minute walk five days per week would quickly meet this requirement and you can actually lose weight by walking just an hour a day.

Be aware that suddenly embarking on an exercise regime can cause injuries and health issues if there are underlying problems. For this reason, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor and get a check-up before you embark on any significant lifestyle changes.

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