Exercise is medicine as prevention is better than cure.
1. Helps you maintain a healthy weight
Exercise helps utilise sugar and burn fats. This can help control the build up of fats cells within the body which can contribute to obesity.
To lose weight effectively, the key is to burn more calories than the overall caloric consumption. The formula to a healthy weight loss is a combination of a healthy diet and effective exercise.
2. Achieve a healthier and happier mind
Exercise helps fight fatigue and improves alertness. It can also combat depression and help to destress, as exercising releases chemical in your brain that improves your mood.
3. Helps you sleep better
Exercise helps improve the quality of sleep and helps you sleep faster.
4. Build Stronger Bones
Regular exercise, especially weight training helps to improve bone density, this is especially important for the elderlies who are at risk of osteoporotic fractures.
5. Improves your cardiovascular health
It is proven that exercise helps to treat and manage hypertension (high blood pressure). It can also reduce the chances of coronary artery diseases and stroke risks.
6. Improves Cholesterol Levels
It helps to bring down LDL or bad cholesterol levels and also harmful triglyceride levels in the body, while bringing up the overall beneficial HDL (good cholesterol) levels.
7. Prevent and manage Type 2 Diabetes
Helps to burn sugar as energy and able to improve the overall efficiency of insulin. This in turn reduces the amount of glucose present in the blood stream.
8. Reduce the risk of getting cancer
Exercise is medicine, benefits of exercise, exercise to lose weight, exercise, resistance exercise. Studies have shown that exercising helps to reduce the chances of getting cancer. Cancer such as colorectal, prostate, pancreatic and breast cancer.
Health Promotion Board recommends 150 minutes of exercise per week. Ideally evenly spread on a daily basis, combining aerobic exercises with resistance training.
- Aerobic exercises : walking, running, swimming, climbing stairs, cycling.
- Resistance exercises : weights training, resistance band training, simple body weight exercises.
By : Dr Chen Yiming
Family Physician, MBBS (Singapore), GDFM (NUS), GDFP Dermatology (NUS)