Regular exercising and physical activity have numerous health benefits regardless of age, sex, gender, and physical ability among others. The benefits are both mental and physical. To become consistent, you can start slowly with lighter exercises as you progress to more intense exercises.

Here are five ways that regular exercising can benefit your brain and body.

Weight Control

Exercise paired with a healthy diet will help you achieve your weight goals. Through exercising, you can lose or maintain your weight depending on the intensity and consistency of the workout. Exercise also prevents obesity which could be detrimental to your health.

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Better sleep

Exercise can help you fall asleep faster and improve the quality of your sleep. This is because exercising reduces stress levels which makes you feel more relaxed.

For people who exercise in the sun, exposure to vitamin D is also a big boost to the quality of sleep.

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Better mood and mental well-being

Exercising makes your brain release chemicals that uplift your mood. Simple exercises like walking and jogging have also been shown to reduce anxiety and leave you feeling happy and relaxed.

Regular exercising could also boost your self-esteem and confidence as you might feel better about your appearance.

Improves your sexual health

Frequent exercise in men has been known to lower the risk of erectile dysfunction and improve their sexual lives. Moreover, exercise helps to improve blood circulation and enhance flexibility which can boost sex drive.

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Improve physical health

Exercising regularly prevents health problems and diseases like high blood pressure, depression and anxiety among others. Exercise lowers the risk of heart disease by strengthening the heart. Moreover, exercise boosts blood flow which in turn helps to raise the oxygen levels in your body.

By combating some of these diseases, you can improve your cognitive function and lower the risk of early death from the above-mentioned diseases and conditions.

Bonus...

Exercising especially with other people can be a fun and social activity. You get to meet people who have the same interests as you in terms of fitness. From hiking to group dance classes and even running at the beach, you could choose activities that do not feel like a chore to partake in. You could also try a new exercise with friends and family.

In conclusion, exercising immensely benefits your mental and physical health and should be part of your daily routine.

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