Nowadays most of the people think that we should start doing physical exercise.so here I can tell you the top 10 health benefits of physical exercise during the lockdown.
Exercise is an important lifestyle factor to consider for supporting immune function, increasing mental health, and many more while working from home. so here are some benefits of physical exercise:
- Help you control your weight
- Reduce your risk of heart diseases
- Help your body manage blood sugar and insulin levels
- Improve your mental health and mood
- Help keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp as you age
- Strengthen your bones and muscles
- Improve your sleep
- Improve your sexual health
- Increase your chances of living longer
- Reduce your risk of falls
Exercise for Immune Support
One of the ways exercise supports the immune system is via the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system consists of a complex network of vessels, tissues and organs that can be thought of as a drainage system. It collects, transports and filters excess lymph fluid – which contains good and bad microbes – from the tissues and deposits them in the bloodstream.
The lymphatic system also helps defend the body against infection by supplying disease-fighting cells called lymphocytes. Notice when you have an infection, the lymph nodes in your neck, groin or armpits may become tender or enlarged – that is because a large number of these lymphocytes are fighting the infection.
Cardiovascular exercise such as dancing, boxing, skipping or rebounding is one of the most efficient ways to circulate the lymph fluid and remove toxins. We have listed some popular online resources you can do with the whole family.
Exercise for Mental Health
Exercise has profound benefits for emotional and mental health and studies have shown that exercise has an equal effect as taking antidepressants in people diagnosed with depression.
When we engage in physical activity, we release feel-good chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin. Dancing in particular has been shown to increase oxytocin and promotes social connection and bonding, which is really important during times of social distancing.
Many of these feel-good chemicals also reduce pain and exercise such as tai chi has been specifically researched in many pain conditions with great outcomes. Tai chi also includes a mind-body element which is a great way to promote mindfulness while getting a workout.
Stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline can also be deactivated during exercise such as tai-chi or yoga by turning off our fight or flight response and turning on our rest and repair response. Why not try one of these online classes.
- Tai Chi and Qi Gong
- Yoga (for adults)
- Yoga (for children)
Exercise for creativity
Movement has been shown to boost creativity and productivity.
A recent study by Stanford University had 150 participants complete tasks that assess their creative thinking either while walking or sitting. Results showed that creative output increased by 60% when the participant was moving. To increase your productivity and creativity at home you could:
- Use a standing desk
- Standing and pacing when on a phone call