Exercise generally has a positive affect on all our body systems including mental and emotional health. It makes your cells and muscles more responsive to insulin so your pancreas doesn’t need to produce as much. The more responsive your cells, the less insulin is required to balance your blood sugar, which in turn leads to less belly fat. The right amount of exercise for your body should reduce cortisol, the stress hormone. But take care not to over do it because you might be causing too much stress on your already overworked sympathetic nervous system. Too much cortisol also makes you crave sugar and carbs, those comfort foods we love to sneak into our day.
Insulin resistance slows your metabolism, increases inflammation, causes cravings and creates fat storage.
Exercise can reduce the risk of chronic disease through several mechanisms. It protects your heart, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. It also reduces inflammation, toxins, ageing, balances hormones, may reduce breast and other cancers, and stimulates lymphatic circulation.
Choose exercise routines that you enjoy and that fit into your lifestyle. Group activities are a great way to socialise and make new friends. Be sure to have a snack or meal soon afterwards so as not to stress your body. A few nuts or a piece of fruit are healthy choices to keep you going until your next main meal.
Exercise should be a positive experience that improves your mood, boosts energy and reduces overall stress.
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