If you are trying to lose weight, you already know that exercising is important to dropping pounds. But exercise does so much more help you fit into those skinny jeans. There is link between exercise and emotional health. There are proven benefits of exercise in mental health. See how research has shown that mental and emotional health can be improved through exercise
During exercise, your muscles release hormones when they contract, which can not only help you reduce body fat, but also jump starts additional healthy processes. This includes building muscle, boosting your immune system, and protecting the neurons in your brain.
Here are some of the specific ways that exercise benefits your health:
Several studies on a variety of health topics all come back to the same conclusion: the optimal amount of physical activity is 45 minutes of moderate exercise, four or five days a week. Moderate exercise helps grow the quantity of mitochondria – i.e., the powerhouse of a cell that creates the needed energy for the cell to properly function – which in turn increases the volume of blood in your veins and arteries, boosting your overall health.
Moderate intensity activities mean they are enough to increase your heart and breathing rates, but they are not so intense that you can’t carry on a conversation. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), moderate intensity reaches the heart rate zone of 50 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate, which varies by age.
Types of moderate exercise include brisk walking, bicycling under 10 mph in a relatively flat area, slow jogging, ballroom or line dancing, elliptical training, tennis, swimming, or even some types of house or yardwork.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to do 45 minutes of exercise all at once. You can break up your exercise sessions into several sessions of at least 10 minutes and still reap the mental, emotional, and physical rewards of exercise.