There are many reasons people begin eating on a healthy diet plan. It may be due to a health condition, such as Diabetes or Celiac Disease, or you may have chosen to eat healthy to lose weight. If you are eating in a healthy way so that you can lose weight, you likely already know the benefits and added success of exercising as well as eating right. But even people who aren’t trying to lose weight can benefit from regular activity. Read on to learn just a few of the many health benefits that can be achieved by increasing physical activity levels.
Weight loss – if you are trying to eat healthy to lose weight, there is no better boost than to exercise. Even if you aren’t trying to lose weight, however, excess weight around the middle is often a factor in heart disease and other conditions developing over time. So if you begin walking daily or getting another form of exercise and lose a couple of pounds, it will help to keep you on the healthy track.
Cardiovascular health – No matter how strictly you stick to your low carb diet or gluten free diet, your heart needs some sort of physical activity to stay healthy. By getting your heart rate up for at least 20 minutes a few times a week, you can increase your heart’s strength and lessen the risk for heart disease and other conditions that can occur later in life.
Increase bone strength – Studies have shown that with a combination of proper diet and weight training, you can decrease your risk for osteoporosis in the future. This doesn’t have to mean a trip to the gym or purchasing a weight bench, however. By using your own body weight for push-ups or lunges, you can increase the strength of your bones and they will better be able to fend off deterioration in the future.
Keep lungs healthy – when performing cardiovascular activities you breathe harder, and every deep breath helps to strengthen the lungs.
Build stamina – Not only will you experience long-term health effects by combining exercise with healthy foods, but you will experience immediate results as well. One of these benefits is that you will slowly build up your stamina which can ultimately make everything easier on a daily basis – taking walks, climbing a flight of stairs, playing with children, and more.
Mood boost – When exercising, endorphins are released and immediately create a better mood. Feeling happy leads to many health benefits including lowered stress levels.
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