More and more research is coming out about the importance of exercise especially if you struggle with things like weight, smoking, and other unhealthy habits. Exercise Benefits to Those Who Smoke In smokers, exercise in numerous studies has shown to reduce the risks of lung disease, heart disease, and mental decline. Research also shows that if you exercise regularly, quitting smoking becomes easier. In addition, you can actually begin to reverse the damage done to your body by smoking within just a few days of quitting.
Exercise Benefits to Those Who Battle Weight Issues
It is no secret that obesity is unhealthy and leads to chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, mental decline, high blood pressure, many cancers, joint problems, and depression. Many people struggle with weight and approximately 30% of our population is classified as obese. Personally this is a lifelong struggle for me as well. If you struggle with managing your weight, exercise is vital to maintaining your health in the long term. Exercise will:
- Reduce your risk for chronic disease. Exercise reduces high blood pressure, increases healthy cholesterol and decreases unhealthy cholesterol. The combination helps reduce plaque on artery walls and gives us a healthier heart.
- Reduces impact and risk of type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance goes down when you exercise, and your cells can use the glucose more effectively. Exercise can also reduce complications from diabetes like heart disease.
- Improve mood. If you struggle with an unhealthy depressive mood, exercise will help if done correctly. You can actually exercise in a way that treats the depression and reduces depressive episodes. Exercise can also improve self-esteem and give you a sense of accomplishment. The key is to not overdo exercise and to approach each exercise session with self-talk that will lead to success.
- Help you sleep. Poor sleep is associated with multiple health conditions including obesity. Exercise helps you fall asleep faster and deeper which will also improve concentration and your ability to make healthy decisions.
- Keep you physically strong. Many of us battle things like binge eating and addictions. Being physically strong is so important to combat the damage done by the unhealthy habits. Keep battling what you struggle with but exercise.
Our health choices impact us and those who love us in so many ways. If you struggle with habits that are unhealthy, please exercise while you do battle against them. Your loved ones, your happiness, and your body will thank you for it. BE YOUR OWN MIRACLE!