WHY Get Active & Exercise

What does the word EXERCISE bring to mind?

Wikipedia says that exercise is “any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness”. We at Healthy Savannah tend to agree! Exercise does not have to be strenuous or back breaking; it should be intended to get your body in action and to maintain health.

Exercise Can Be Fun!

Don’t believe us? Take a look at all those kids running around the park and on the jungle gym. They look like they are having fun, right? The important key to exercise is finding what exercise you enjoy. This may mean uncovering a new hobby. Examples are walking, bike riding, group fitness classes, marathoning, swimming, and so on. Just find what works for you and challenge yourself to continuously become better at it.

Exercise Can Help You Sleep Better

Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and experience a deeper, more restful sleep. Just don’t exercise right before bed time!

Exercise Boost Your Energy

Regular exercise can increase your muscle tone and strength by delivering oxygen to organs and tissues and helping them work more efficiently. Those activities that may have once been strenuous will become easier like climbing up and down those stairs that connect River Street to Bay Street.

Exercise Improves Your Mood

Scientific research suggests that exercise can increase positive moods. Dopamine and serotonin are chemical neurotransmitters produced by the brain. Science tells us that the more we exercise the more of these the brain produces. Dopamine has been attributed to improving mood and long term memory and serotonin is attributed to decreasing depression. So put together these neurotransmitters can do wonders, all you have to do is GET ACTIVE!

Exercise Fights Disease

Exercising helps regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Keeping your blood pumping smoothly is a good way to decrease the instances of cardiovascular disease and increases your high-density lipoproteins also known as HDL (Just think H for Hero!)

Exercise Helps Control Weight

Exercise burns calories. The more you exercise the more calories you burn. This doesn’t mean you have to do high agility or high impact exercise to increase your caloric output for the day. You can still find ways to incorporate calorie burning activities into your day like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, add a little oomph to your household chores, or just dance in the mirror.

 

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