Yet another study shows why people who don't exercise are making a big mistake that will bite them down the road.
We all have good reasons for not exercising — there’s not enough time in the day, we don’t have the right workout gear, the gym is too expensive, and on and on and on. But as a new study illustrates, there are practically limitless reasons to exercise.
The study found that excessive stress can cause memory problems in women who had survived breast cancer, and that the solution to that was not some sort of drug — it is exercise, according to a Northwestern University statement. The study examined 1,800 breast cancer survivors and found that those with a greater level of physical activity had higher levels of self-confidence and less stress, and as a result fewer perceived memory problems, as we reported recently.
It shows that the benefits of exercising regularly are practically limitless, and do a lot to alleviate a lot of problems that we think are totally unrelated to our level of physical activity, such as the effects of cancer.
The reality is we greatly underestimate the positive effects of exercise, mostly seeing it as something you do to lose weight or get six-pack abs rather than something that is absolutely necessary for basic health.
Exercise becomes even more important as we get older. It is effective in combating heart disease and high blood pressure, and heart issues are the leading causes of death in the United States.
It also boosts mood — just a quick 30-minute brisk walk can help you blow off some steam and cause you to feel more relaxed, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Rather than draining you, exercising actually increases the amount of energy you have. Exercise and physical activity in general deliver oxygen and nutrients to your body. And when you exercise, you sleep better as well.
Many people say they don’t have time to exercise, but the truth is, you don’t have time not to exercise.