The mental and physical health benefits of regular exercise
Exercise benefits both mental health and physical health. Any amount of exercise, even if it falls below the suggested amount, is likely to produce benefits.
Exercise has many benefits, both curative and preventive, for physical and mental health. Researchers have linked physical inactivity with more than 40 chronic conditions.
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A pioneering British study published back in 1953 and published in The Lancet showed that rates of coronary heart disease were lower among physically active bus conductors than among less active bus drivers.
No amount of exercise is too much when it comes to matters of heart health, scientists in Britain said in January, rejecting the myth that high levels of vigorous physical activity might not always be beneficial.
The new large study led by the University of Oxford found that the lowest risk for heart disease was seen in people who exercised the most.
Exercise improves cardiovascular health, helps with diabetes management, reduces risk of some cancers, improves mental health and mood and improves bone health.
Regular physical activity also helps build and strengthen muscles, increases the chance of living longer, helps maintain a moderate weight, reduces chronic pain, helps prevent falls for older adults, improves sleep quality and improves brain function and reduces risk of dementia.