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We all know exercising is important for your health. But should it rank even higher on your list of priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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With the state of the world as it is right now, you may find yourself feeling stressed or worried. While it may not be the first thing you want to do, getting active benefits both your physical and mental health. These uncertain times are tough, but don’t let it be a setback to your health and fitness goals as well. While things aren’t completely back to normal, take this time to try out a new healthy recipe, a new group fitness class (online or in-club), or switch up your walking route in your neighborhood. Check out these 7 benefits you’ll gain by being active!

  • Boost your immune system: Research shows that regular, moderate-intensity exercise has immune-boosting benefits that may help your body fight off infections.
  • Improves your mood: Exercise usually makes you happier. Hormones like endorphins are released during exercise and evoke positive feelings and a sense of confidence and well-being.
  • Build muscle and strength: Exercise makes your body physically stronger, because it builds bone and muscle strength. Stronger bones contribute to better balance and stability. 
  • Manage your weight: Physical activity increases the number of calories your body uses for energy and offsets the effects of sedentary activities.
  • Reduce stress & anxiety: Exercise is a proven mood-booster and can help reduce stress levels and build emotional resilience.
  • Sleep better: There is evidence that shows when you’re tired, you sleep better. Regular exercise helps you fall asleep faster and improves sleep quality. The stress relieving effect helps your mind and body relax.
  • Reduce the risk against health conditions: By helping with weight management, exercise helps reduce your risk of obesity-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Consistent exercise also keeps your blood sugar and insulin levels at healthy levels. Exercise also triggers the production of anti-oxidants that repair skin cell damage and stimulate blood flow.

 

References: 

https://www.westernconnecticuthealthnetwork.org/newsroom/article-listing/adults-exercise-and-covid19

https://www.activehealth.sg/read/physical-activity/10-benefits-of-physical-activity