How does exercise affect your life?
Many physically active individuals report “feeling good or motivated” after a workout. Most people also notice a general mental wellness improvement as physical activity becomes a routine part of their lives.
If you want to relieve tension or decrease anxiety and depression, get active!
Per the American Heart Association, exercise increases the flow of oxygen, which directly affects the brain. This can improve your mental acuity and memory.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States (www.cdc.gov). Approximately 1 in 4 deaths result from cancer. The good news is many cancers can be preventable.
Physical activity enhances your immune system and in turn decreases your risk of cancer. More than half of cancer deaths can be prevented by eating right, exercising, not smoking, and obtaining regular screenings (www.cancer.org).
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 1 in 4 deaths result from heart-related conditions (www.cdc.gov). Exercise can reduce your risk of heart-related death and can increase your life expectancy.
According to the American Heart Association, for each hour of regular exercise, you’ll gain about 2 hours of additional life expectancy, even if you don’t start until middle age.
The AHA recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days per week or 25 minutes of vigorous exercise 3 days per week.
How can exercise save you money?
Weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, and many more health aspects significantly impact your life insurance rates. Physical activity can reduce your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol, and help you maintain a healthy weight which will likely result in premium savings.
The cost of obesity and overall poor wellness has had a dramatic effect on health care costs. Doing your part to maintain a healthy lifestyle will decrease the future price of health care, which will eventually save you money in the form of health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket health care costs.
Exercise affects all aspects of your life. 30 minutes a day can go a long way! Start now and take control over your bank account and your life expectancy!
Carissa Isbell, FLMI, FLHC, ALGC, ACS, ARA, AFSI, UND