Exercise: It’s one of those things that we’re told day in and day out is necessary for good health and a long life. Exercise improves muscular and cardiorespiratory health, increases the health of bones, and reduces your risk for many of the most common ailments – hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more. But there are some unexpected benefits to exercise that you may not have heard of.
First, a regular exercise regimen is great for your mental health. It improves cognitive function, boosts mood, memory function and creative thinking. Studies have shown that exercise can reverse the skin’s aging process, and even energy levels.
It can also benefit dental health. A study published in the Journal of Dentistry found that regular exercise is associated with a lower risk of developing gum disease. Study participants who exercised three times or more per week had a 54% lower gum disease risk.
In addition, the maintenance of a healthy Body Mass Index (“BMI”), to which regular exercise is a great contributor, is very beneficial to oral health. According to a study in The Journal of Peridontology, those who maintained healthy BMI, exercised regularly and maintained a healthy diet had a 40% decreased risk of periodontitis.
If you’re new to exercise, make baby steps, like taking short walks once a day, parking far away from store entrances, or working in chair routines if you’re desk-bound during the day. If you want to be healthy in body, mind and mouth, exercise is a great contributor. To make sure the exercise program you choose is right for you, discuss with your primary care doctor.