The Many Benefits of Regular Exercise Other Than Weight Loss

The fact that a healthy diet and regular exercise can lead to weight loss is no big secret. In fact, it's the single biggest reason why gym memberships are a hot commodity during the first week of January when people are excited about their New Year's resolutions. But the exercise plans recommended by Dr. Rohit Suri as a part of a customized weight management program hold mental and physical benefits that extend far beyond your waistline. 

Exercise relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety

You don't have to run to achieve a "runner's high." In fact, as little as 15 minutes of moderately intense exercise bathes your brain in pain-relieving and mood-boosting endorphins. As a result, exercise has been linked to lower incidences of mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Feelings of social isolation and low self-image have also been shown to decline when people get off the couch and get moving. Bonus fact: One study found that exercising outdoors has even more mood-boosting power than working out at the gym.

Exercise reduces your cancer risk

Recent studies have shown that increased levels of physical activity, even in women of a healthy weight, lowers the risk of breast cancer. Even in women who have breast cancer, exercise has been linked to a lower mortality rate and a decreased likelihood of metastasis. This means that women without breast cancer are encouraged to exercise regularly to reduce their risk while women with cancer are asked to add physical activity to their treatment regimen. 

Exercise helps regulate blood sugar levels

Whether you have Type I or Type II diabetes, exercise plays an important part in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Not only does exercise help you achieve a healthy weight that helps enhance your metabolism, but it also helps the body regulate its own blood sugar. In an effort to meet the muscle demand, the body releases a chemical called cytokine interleukin-6 that helps clear the glucose out of the muscles and into the bloodstream. As a result, the body is able to maintain a normal blood sugar level both during exercise and for hours afterward. This is especially helpful for those who are not able to lower their A1C with diet and medication alone.

Exercise improves your memory

A landmark study published in the journal Cell Metabolism found that running improves a person's ability to learn and recall facts. While many people cannot run or they simply despise the activity altogether, the memory benefits are not limited to that particular activity. Instead, improved mental function happens anytime you do intense cardiovascular exercise. Whether you opt to hike, swim, dance, or do high-intensity interval training, your brain will thank you.

Unsure where to start exercising? Nova Physician Wellness Center can help. Dr. Rohit Suri will evaluate your current health and activity levels and prescribe a physical fitness program that is right for you. Request your appointment online or call today to schedule your consultation and start enjoying more than weight loss. 

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