Exercise

6 Health Problems Exercise Can Resolve

When it comes to preventing health problems, exercise is one of the best medicines we have. It’s a remedy for pretty much any troubling health issue you are facing: anxiety, insomnia, back pain, even hot flashes.

#1 Daytime Sleepiness

Instead of leaning on caffeine (which can prevent you from falling asleep later, causing drowsiness again the next day), get moving.

#2 Back Pain

The supporting muscles around your spine become less resilient with age; sitting hunched over a computer all day weakens them further. But the new thinking is that rest isn’t usually the answer.

#3 Low Sex Drive

“Exercise increases circulation to every area of your body,” explains ob-gyn Dr. Alyssa Dweck, co-author of “V Is for Vagina,” and that makes us more game for bedroom action. Mentally, regular workouts may help us get over body hang-ups, she adds. And the feel-good endorphins released during exercise can bust through fatigue or stress that drags down sex drive.

#4 Weak Immune System

Workouts that raise your heart rate can improve immunity. Good options: Jog, cycle or take a dance class. Or, try a circuit workout (with little or no rest in between exercises) for 30 minutes on most days of the week. (Avoid intense exercise beyond 90 minutes, since that can increase your risk of getting sick.)

#5 Food Cravings

In the throes of a craving, your brain is saying ‘feed me dopamine!’ — that neurotransmitter that taps into the reward center of your brain. You can satisfy the call with carbs — or with exercise, both fixes raise your dopamine levels significantly, but only one will have a favorable effect on your tush.

#6 Hot Flashes

In the throes of a craving, your brain is saying ‘feed me dopamine!’ — that neurotransmitter that taps into the reward center of your brain. You can satisfy the call with carbs — or with exercise, both fixes raise your dopamine levels significantly, but only one will have a favorable effect on your tush.