The benefits of regular exercise are readily apparent but not all people are aware of how good it is for you or feel the need to take a little time out of their day to exercise. Here are 5 reasons why regular exercise is beneficial to your wellbeing:
#1 Good for weight control
When you engage in physical exercise, you burn calories which increases your metabolism. This is in turn helps you lose weight. Consistency is the key.
Regular exercise is beneficial in maintaining weight loss. You do not have to be at a gym every day. Take the stairs instead of the lift or, if reasonable, walk to your destination instead of using the car or bus.
Just two points to make here. Firstly, exercising is not the only tool you need to lose weight. Eating a sensible diet is crucial as well.
Secondly, if you have not exercised for a little while, and then you start, you may find that initially you put weight on! You may notice that you look thinner but weigh more. This is because you are increasing muscle tone. As long as you eat sensibly and regularly exercise, you will lose weight and maintain the weight you feel comfortable with.
#2 Good for your health
Regular exercise is good for your heart and blood circulation. Studies have found that regular workouts resulted in improvements in heart function and blood-sugar control.
It also helps prevent adverse health conditions such a stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood press, various types of cancer and a cholesterol which causes heart disease,to name but a few.
It is not only good for your body but also for your mind. With regular exercise, you are stimulating the chemicals that affect the growth of brains cells particularly in part of your brain known as the hippocampus. The Hippocampus is mainly responsible for memory which declines in older age thus raising the danger of dementia.
Regular exercise improves the neural connections in your brain which enhances, learning, thinking, reasoning, problem solving and memory retention.
#3 Good for your emotional health
It is medically believed that any form of exercise has the potential to increase mental alertness and provide an emotional lift.
Well maybe not as much as that! But it is true to say that physical exercise stimulates the chemicals in the brain. In particular, the brain releases ‘feel-good’ chemicals known as endorphins throughout the body. Physical activity can reduce your feeling of anxiety, lift a depressed mood, and build your self-esteem.
Alternatively, if you are adverse or unable to run, walking provides benefits to your emotional health. It is recommended, that if you could possibly manage the time, (see our link below for our video on finding time to exercise) you should strive to include a brisk walk in your everyday routine for at least 30 minutes most days of the week, or if you have the inclination, to run for at least 20 minutes three or more days each week.
#4 Good for an energy boost
The amount of energy you produce is a direct result of your diet and the amount of what is known as mitochondria your body produces.
Mitochondria makes most of the molecule, adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which your cells use as a source of energy. Quite simply, the more active you are, the more mitochondria your body makes.
Exercising improves cardiovascular health and fitness through the body’s ability to circulate oxygen. What you will find is that you will initially experience fatigue after high intensity training for example, but then a few hours later you will find that your energy levels pick up.
If performing regular exercise, you will steadily experience being less tired and in better physical condition. It also improves your muscle strength and endurance.
#5 Good for a better night’s sleep
Having trouble sleeping? Try regular exercise over a period of 4 to 24 weeks. The results of medical studies over this timeframe showed that people with insomnia, slept better and fell asleep faster than normal. The benefit is that you awake in the morning feeling refreshed.
As we have already covered above, exercise requires you to use up energy, which in turn helps you feel more tired at the end of the day. In addition to improving the quality of sleep, exercise also can help you increase the duration of your regular nightly sleep cycle.
One word of warning though, do not exercise just before you go to sleep as you maybe too stimulated to get to sleep.
(see our link below (Bonus 3) to our video on having trouble with sleeping-‘10 ways to fight insomnia)
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