We all know exercise is good for us. Not only does it improve our blood flow, it also gives us a healthier heart, better lung function and stronger muscles. However, it doesn’t stop there. The list of health benefits to gain from regular exercise goes on.
Here, we list some of the hidden benefits of exercise, giving you even more of an incentive to get off the sofa and get going.
Increases Sex drive
By going out for a run you improve your mental and physical health – both of which have a direct effect on sex drive.
Endorphins, which are feel-good hormones released during exercise, increase your sense of well-being and self-esteem. People who feel unhappy with their body and fitness level, or who are depressed for other reasons, usually have a low libido.
Exercise also increases blood flow to the skin – that includes even the most sensitive parts, and exercise can help treat erectile dysfunction (ED).
Reduces cancer risk
According to the NHS, regular exercise can decrease your risk of colon cancer by 50%, and your risk of breast cancer by 20%.
Exercise won’t eliminate stress, or deal with its cause, but it can help clear your thoughts and take your mind off your problems for a while. Exercise can also help you to deal with your problems more calmly, and to put them in perspective.
Helps you sleep
Moderate, daily exercise, such as walking or swimming can help you to sleep better. Just make sure you don’t do vigorous exercise close to bed-time, as this may keep you awake instead.
Reduces back pain
Exercise can be a great preventative measure against back pain. Try walking or swimming to strengthen the muscles that support your back as these types of exercise tend to put less strain on it and don’t subject it to sudden jolts.
Also, yoga and pilates can improve the flexibility and the strength of your back muscles. If you are suffering from back pain you might want to check with your GP before engaging in any type of exercise.