When we think about exercise, it’s easy to concentrate on the weight loss aspect. If a person doesn’t have any excess weight to lose, why should they bother wasting their time working out?
However, there are many benefits to regular exercise, and staying fit comes with a huge variety of health benefits.
Increase your metabolism
Staying fit and active stops your metabolism from decreases too much during the course of your lifetime, which will help you to avoid becoming one of those people who gains lots of weight as they reach their 40s and 50s.
Middle-aged people don’t necessary start eating junk foods or skipping workouts, but their metabolisms don’t work as hard as they used to, which means that more calories are being stored as fat rather than being burnt.
Strengthen your bones and muscles
Coming away from the aspect of weight loss and metabolism entirely, regular exercise will also strengthen your bones and muscles. This means that as you age, you won’t be at as much risk of getting the horrible aches and pains that so many older people suffer from.
Exercise will also help to prevent osteoporosis, which is a common disease of the bones which ends up crippling many people as they enter old age.
Less back pain
You will be prone to getting back pain, besides other aches and pains, particularly if you work in an office or a sedentary job where you are sitting down for most of the day.
Even if you think you have good posture, many people are not sitting properly when they are working in an office, which means over the years you could develop severe back pain.
This could eventually cause you to come out of work, and some people have been known to spend the rest of their lives in a wheelchair.
Clearer veins and arteries
Many health professionals are constantly talking about the benefits of exercise when it comes to overall heart health, and it’s true that regular exercise will help you to keep your heart in better condition.
With an unhealthy heart, you are as risk of develop heart diseases and having heart attacks, which can lead to death.
If you are overweight or obese, the risk of having heart problems will increase dramatically, so the combination of exercising regularly and also losing weight will ensure that your heart stays as healthy as possible.
Marc Ouellette is a Certified In-Home Personal Trainer, Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and Owner of Personal Training Alliance.
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