It’s not a surprise to most of us that exercising regularly is beneficial for nearly everyone. Exercise promotes heart health, stable blood sugar, sustainable energy, weight management, better sleep, and more. On top of all of these benefits of exercise, did you know that exercising can actually benefit your vision and eye health?
Exercise does more than keep your body healthy; it impacts your vision. Studies have shown that regular physical activity can reduce the risks of various eye conditions and diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. Many of these conditions result from high blood pressure or cholesterol; since exercise regulates both of these things, it can actually reverse and prevent the previously mentioned eye conditions. If you have already been diagnosed with an eye condition, exercising can help it from worsening and help you manage it.
Regular physical activity may also prevent age-related vision loss. If there’s a chance that exercising a few times a week can keep your eyes healthier for longer, it seems like a no brainer! You will be setting yourself up for a healthier life all around, not just in regards to your vision.
Aim to exercise three times a week, for 20-30 minutes. There are many ways to incorporate physical activity into your everyday life; go to the gym, run, bike, walk, swim, hike, or play sports in a local league or with friends. Find an activity that you enjoy; this will increase the likelihood of a long-term exercise routine. Don’t think that training for a marathon or lifting your body weight is the only way to reap the benefits of exercise. Low impact exercise has been shown to lower eye pressure in adults with glaucoma.
If you’re ready to take care of your eyes, make a plan to start exercising three times a week. Ask a friend, spouse, or family member to join you and take care of their vision as well! And don’t forget: while exercising is a great way to take care of your eyes and keep them healthy, you should still schedule yearly eye exams with your eye doctor. Annual exams ensure that we catch any eye conditions or diseases as soon as we can.
The doctors at Broberg Eye Care are here to answer any eye-related questions you may have. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get your questions answered.