At Medics USA, our top priority is your health. When it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, exercise is one of the most beneficial things you can incorporate into your daily routine. In today’s blog, we’ll cover some of the biggest benefits you’ll get from exercising, plus, we’ll go over a few of the easiest ways to incorporate exercise into your day. 

How Exercise Benefits Your Health

There are numerous benefits of exercise, and while most people look at exercise as a means to an end to lose weight, it also provides you with countless other health benefits that will make you stronger, healthier, and happier. 

Strengthen Your Muscles and Bones 

Exercise is key to ensuring your muscles and bones have the strength they need for everyday life. Regular physical activity releases hormones to your muscles, giving them the ability to absorb amino acids. This will help your muscles to grow and reduce breakdown. Exercise also helps to build bone density — especially when you start at an early age. 

Increase Your Energy Levels 

The saying is true: an object in motion stays in motion. When you’re active, your body produces mitochondria to ensure you have enough energy to meet your needs; the more active you are, the more mitochondria your body makes, the more energy you have. Our bodies are experts at knowing exactly what we need when we need it. If you’re prone to low energy and you also don’t move your body a lot, it could be a result of not exercising enough! 

Improve Your Mood 

Exercise is known for increasing your production of endorphins which help to reduce the perception of pain and produce positive feelings; this can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and sadness. While you may think that you really need to sweat to have your workout be effective enough for these results, the truth is, any physical activity — regardless of intensity — can improve your mood. 

How to Add Movement to Your Day 

The biggest obstacle to working out that people often face is the lack of time. However, when you get down to it, you can increase your physical movement with simple and effective changes to your daily routine. See our list below for how you can make changes today! 

  1. Take a 20-minute walk during your lunch break. 
  2. Commit to doing jumping jacks, lunges, squats, or push-ups during the commercial breaks while you’re watching your favorite show. 
  3. Wake up 20 minutes earlier to go for a run. 
  4. Take the stairs whenever they’re available. 
  5. Sit on an exercise ball at work to engage your core. 
  6. Bike to work. 
  7. Stand up once every hour and walk around your home or office for a few minutes. 

Adding exercise to your daily routine doesn’t have to be a challenge, and the benefits you’ll get won’t disappoint you! If you’re in need of a wellness check or would like to speak with one of our primary care doctors before starting an exercise routine, call to make an appointment at our Ashburn, VA location or one of our two Washington DC locations.