Sometimes it can seem like exercise is the solution to everything. While it certainly can’t solve all of your problems, there are many smaller health concerns that be helped – and even more major health concerns that can be prevented through exercise.
Cardio, in particular, has proven to be great news for your body and mental health. Here is a handful of the best benefits as well as how you can get started if you’ve been sedentary for a while now.
It is, after all, never too late to start and a lot of damage can still be prevented with cardio exercise as you age.
Let’s start with the most obvious ones and work our way down. Anxiety and depression, troubling as it may be, are not somatic problems although it will have an effect on your body as well.
With anxiety, your heart beats faster, you may break a sweat, you feel flushes – in general, it tells your body that it’s time to prepare for a flight or a fight and your body will respond accordingly.
This is only caused by anxious thoughts, though, and not an actual threat so most people with anxiety are looking for ways to get rid of it. Therapy will definitely help as well as a host of mental techniques to help you to cope with the problems.
Plus, of course, a good round of exercise. The great news about exercising when you struggle with anxiety is that you’re treating yourself to a different chemical reaction; a good run makes you feel elevated, happier, and more at ease with yourself.
It is the endorphins or those ‘feel good hormones’ that tend to do this with us. In the long run, exercising will help you to handle those stressors in your life a bit better – and that meeting with your boss won’t really seem that scary anymore.
Anyone who struggles with anxiety should pair their other treatment with steady exercising throughout the week and they may feel that the symptoms decrease.
Many of us will struggle with the health problems that come with menopause at some point in our life. The most important thing to remember, however, is that continuing your exercise routine can help you a lot in terms of handling those hot flashes and even some of those bladder control problems that are so common.
While you can do strength exercises as well, particularly in terms of strengthening your pelvic muscles, cardio will also help you out as it helps you to maintain a healthy BMI.
Because bladder problems can occur, together with other causes, when excess fat puts pressure on the organs below, losing a bit of weight certainly won’t hurt if you’d like to get your menopause or general bladder problems under control.
If you’re leaning more towards the latter, it’s important to keep in mind that urinary inconsistency can be caused by a lot of different factors and it may not just be your stomach pooch that’s the cause behind it all.
Have a chat with your doctor about it and see if you can find the root behind it all or just continue with your exercises and see if your symptoms won’t disappear. A thirty-minute walk or a quick run can, after all, get rid of those hot flashes for up to twenty-four hours after your exercise – so it should certainly be worth it, either way.
#3 Weak immune system
Have you ever felt like you’re getting the symptoms of a cold after a good exercise? It is, in fact, not that strange as your immune system will be slightly weaker after a vigorous run or a hard session or aerobics. It seems odd, however, that something that is supposed to strengthen our immune system can make us feel weaker right after it.
The reason is actually quite simple; when you exercise, your body releases the human growth hormone which helps to repair muscles and encourage tissue growth in order to fix everything you compromised while exercising.
When it’s released in excess, however, such as after a particularly hard exercise, it can make us feel nauseous and weak. Pair this with general dehydration and you have the recipe for feeling shaky, tired, and not like you should have exercised at all.
The good news, of course, is that the feeling isn’t permanent – and, as long as you eat and drink properly after your workout, your immune system will be stronger when you’ve recovered.
Just a bit of commitment in the gym or on your yoga mat, and you will significantly reduce the amount of sick days you take.
#4 Back pain
So many of us experience back pain during our lives because we are increasingly sedentary both at home and at work. While a good weight session with a focus on strengthening your core can help to relieve that pain, cardio can also help you out a lot.
It may not be as tough on your core muscles as a good weight session, but running will still keep your abs active – and that is, in fact, great news for your back. When you develop your lower back, abdominal, and oblique muscles, you’re taking some pressure off your spine as well as improving your range of motion.
If you’d like to enjoy a healthy back for longer, the message is clear; get out and go for a run or pick up some weights to strengthen your body. Either way, it’s great for your health.