Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness, and the simple reality is that most of us are not getting enough of it. Physical activity is a must for lasting wellness. Our bodies’ systems function optimally when we’re physically active. The lymph system, for instance, does a more thorough job of eliminating toxins in people who are physically active. Exercise can also bring the following benefits:
Keep you young. Workouts such as brisk walking or cycling boost the amount of oxygen consumed during exercise. Improving your aerobic capacity by just 15 to 25 percent is approximately equivalent to shaving 10 to 20 years off your age. Aerobic exercise may also stimulate the growth of new brain cells in older adults.
Reduce infections. Moderate workouts temporarily rev-up the immune system by increasing the capacity of the cells that make up the immune system. That may explain why people who exercise catch fewer colds.
Control blood sugar. Exercise helps maintain a healthy blood-sugar level by increasing the cells’ sensitivity to insulin and by controlling weight. Regular brisk walking can significantly cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Combat stress. Regular aerobic exercise lowers levels of stress hormones. It deeply oxygenates the blood and