The Health Benefits of Exercise & How to Get More of It

woman putting on running shoes to exercise

Like most people, you know exercise is good for you. But this vague truth probably doesn’t inspire you to lace up your shoes and hit the pavement.

However, new research has finally put some steam behind the health benefits of exercise. And for even the most sedentary Missourians, these newly discovered health benefits of exercise will be motivation enough to get you moving.

Discover the Health Benefits of Exercise

In a recent article by Time magazine, “The Exercise Cure,” a new study revealed some science-backed benefits of exercise, including:

  • Better memory
  • Improved mood
  • Increased blood flow to the brain
  • Repairing and protecting brain cells from degeneration
  • Delayed onset of Alzheimer’s
  • Slowed aging

Increased blood flow from aerobic exercise also aided skin health and helps heal wounds faster. From a physical standpoint, regular aerobic exercise trains your body to burn fat more efficiently, in turn shrinking your fat cells.

Recovery from illness is another area of health where people could benefit from daily exercise. In the past, exercise wasn’t generally recommended for people with chronic illnesses. But clinical trials of people recovering from a stroke showed that exercise was more effective at helping them rehabilitate — not less. 

How Much Exercise Should I Get?

At Body Fit St. Louis, we often get the question, “How much exercise should I get?”

Despite the obvious health benefits of exercise, Missourians fail to get the recommended amount of exercise. Missouri falls low on the list of the country’s healthiest states — trailing at no. 29 in obesity, 36 in physical activity and 35 overall.

However, just 150 minutes of strength and cardiovascular physical activity per week — or even 10 minutes of intensive activity daily — can drastically improve your health. 

The study showed that 150 minutes of cardiovascular activity — even walking — and strength training is enough to unlock these health benefits of exercise. If you break it down, that translates to just 30 minutes 5 times a week.

Still, exercise tends to fall low on the average person’s list of daily priorities, and switching up your routine might seem daunting. There are some tips on how to get more exercise.

How to Get More Exercise

Lack of time is a common reason many people fail to get the recommended amount of exercise. But just 30 minutes of daily exercise can help you lead a far more healthier and productive life.

As fall and winter nears, getting enough exercise can be even more tough. With the famously unpredictable nature of St. Louis weather, running or walking outdoors isn’t often an option in the cold months. Daylight savings also puts a damper on your motivation to get fit. Mustering up enough energy to work out before the sun has goes up or after it sets isn’t easy.

So what’s the solution?

The first step in making time for exercise is committing. At Body Fit St. Louis, we work with you to set up a daily or weekly exercise routine that fits into your schedule. Through in-home or webcam personal training, you also save time spent commuting to the gym and save on monthly membership fees. Our NASM-certified personal trainers also serve as your accountability partner — helping you make regular exercise a priority in your schedule.

Ready to get started? Meet our trainers, or schedule your free in-home training consultation today!

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