The human body is built for movement. If you don't use your body, your muscles and joints will become weaker and grow stiff. This increases the likelihood of disease and musculoskeletal conditions.
It is far healthier to be overweight and well-trained, compared to being thin and never using your muscles. Studies show that inactivity is the most common cause of illness and early deaths. Staying active and engaging in regular exercise results in less illness, a longer life, and a higher quality of life.
The following factors are influenced in a positive direction when you exercise regularly:
- Blood vessels
- The content of fat in the blood (cholesterol)
- Bone strength
- Insulin sensitivity
- Relief hormones (endorphins, serotonin and dopamine)
- Weight loss
- Stomach diseases
For the majority of people, there's no good excuse not to exercise regularly. This is especially true if you suffer from painful muscles and joints as exercise will stimulate blood circulation, muscle strength, flexibility and faster healing.