Whether you like to hit the gym, go for a run through your neighborhood, take weekend hikes with your dog, or spend an afternoon playing your favorite sport, getting regular exercise is essential to good health. Back To Life Chiropractic in Thornton, CO, knows that the benefits of exercise programs go beyond the physical, but do you?
The Top 5 Benefits of Exercise Programs
Strengthening Muscles Helps Prevent Injuries
Regular exercise is a great way to stave off the effects of aging, which often include weakening of our muscles. Those weak muscles make injuries more likely and can contribute to the development of back pain. Neck pain can also stem from muscles that aren’t properly supporting the spine. One painful condition that can develop, spinal stenosis, is often well-managed through gentle exercise. Other causes of back pain, like sciatica and herniated discs, can also be treated and often prevented with exercise in combination with regular chiropractic adjustments.
When we exercise, the physical activity releases “feel good” chemicals throughout our bodies called endorphins. These endorphins have a positive impact on our emotional and mental health because they relieve stress and mitigate anxiety. Many exercise programs, like group fitness classes, dancing, and team sports, promote social activity which also boosts your mood and self-confidence. Many forms of exercise get us outside and into the beauty of nature, which helps us feel more calm and centered. Massage therapy is another great stress-relieving addition to an exercise program and can serve as a reward for all your hard work.
Makes You Smarter
Some studies have shown that exercise programs can improve cognitive function throughout our lives. As we age, many of us might experience struggles with memory, focus, and even creativity. Regular physical activity can help improve all of those things, and studies have shown that for this reason, exercise programs are as beneficial to young kids whose brains are still developing as they are for older adults who are trying to keep their memory sharp and increase their productivity.
If you’re feeling the burn after a good workout, you’re probably looking forward to a good night’s sleep. Luckily, exercise has been shown to improve sleep, helping us not only sleep more soundly, but also get a higher quality of sleep too. Of course, some people find that exercise actually ramps up their energy. So you’ll want to experiment with the right time of day for your exercise program. If working out makes you feel energized, try planning your activities in the morning rather than at night.
Lower Your Risk
Exercise has been proven to lower your risk of many chronic health conditions. Committing to exercise programs can help you decrease your chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, and even some types of cancer. Physical activity lowers your blood pressure, reduces your cholesterol, and helps control your weight. Exercise helps you live longer, too: according to the CDC, people who are physically active for at least seven hours a week have a 40% lower risk of dying than those who are active for less time.
Back To Life Chiropractic is committed to wellness care, including developing exercise programs that support you in achieving optimum health. Working with a skilled and compassionate chiropractor is the first step in finding the right exercise program for you. Call Back To Life Chiropractic today at (303) 457-2040 or visit them online to make an appointment.