For those who are overweight, the health benefits of losing weight are numerous – and exercise is a great way to improve fitness at the same time. Being a healthy weight can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some cancers, while the endorphins released during exercise can help to boost mood and improve mental health.
Happily, getting fit and active through regular exercise further reduces your risk of heart and circulatory diseases – by lowering your resting blood pressure and heart rate and improving your cholesterol levels. It has lots of other health benefits, too, including improving brain health, strengthening bones and muscles and improving lung capacity.
What are the best exercises for weight loss? The first thing to understand is that weight loss is simply a mismatch between the amount of energy we consume versus the amount of energy we use. The amount of energy in food or drink is measured in calories.
Excerpted from Runner’s World