7 Surprising Benefits of Physical Activity for Type 2

7 Surprising Benefits of Physical Activity for Type 2

Now that warm weather’s here, it’s time to get outside and get active without the risk of frostbite! Physical activity and proper diet are the two most important variables that we can control when dealing with elevated blood sugar.

Let’s take a look at seven benefits from increased physical activity!

Weight control

Physical activity means movement, and movement means calories are consumed. We don’t just mean weight lifting and bulging muscles. All physical activity means better health, so the more activity you achieve throughout the day, the better.

Improvement in other health conditions

Few things can help your body ward off disease more than increased physical activity. Want to improve your cholesterol levels? Lower your triglycerides? Reduce your risk of heart disease? Cancer? Arthritis? Depression? Physical activity is your ticket.

Elevated mood

Have you ever noticed how you just feel better after a game of tennis or mowing the lawn? Our brains produce certain chemicals that make us feel better. So, the next time you want to “blow off some steam,” go for a vigorous hike or just take a walk around the block.

Boosted energy

When you get more exercise, the body responds with improved cardiovascular function and efficiency. This means more oxygen and nutrients circulate through your body. That means more energy for everyday activities, not just the tough jobs.

Sleep better

Every parent has seen this phenomenon: send the kids out to play and after that, bam, they’re ready for a nap. It works for us too. Nothing like a hard day’s work to get a good night’s sleep.

Sexier sex life

More exercise means you are in better physical shape, and let’s face it, sex isn’t always a passive activity! Exercise can boost arousal in women and help with ED in men. So, get in better shape and treat yourself to a night out!

More fun and socializing!

How many friends have you met on a sports team or just for a Sunday afternoon badminton game? Spend time with your friends walking to a park, or go bowling. Feeling more connected is a wonderful way to improve your overall health.

Have you noticed other unexpected benefits? We’d love to hear about it in our Facebook group.

 

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