It’s fair to say the benefits of exercising far outweigh the consequences of not exercising. Yet can you truly say you factor in enough physical activity throughout your day?
If not, perhaps it’s time you started.
Understandably, it’s hard to get yourself motivated to start a new exercise regimen. It’s commonly a case of whilst the mind is willing, the body, quite clearly is not.
But hey, it happens to us all at some point in our lives. All it means is that you need a little more inspiration to get things moving.
So here are the top 10 reasons why exercise can enrich your life.
1) Increased Health Benefits
There are so many health advantages to losing weight that it’s just not possible to list them all in this one article. By improving your fitness levels you’ll decrease the likelihood of getting diseases and acute conditions such as diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain, and much more.
2) Improved Mood
Each and every time you workout your body releases endorphins which promote that ‘feel good’ sensation within you. You literally get a natural high from exercising.
3) Higher Energy Levels
Even though exercise may leave you feeling exhausted at the time you’re doing it, one of the key benefits of exercising is that it will leave you feeling more energized in the long run. A number of scientific studies provide evidence which shows that consistent exercise helps to reduce fatigue.
4) Better Sleep Patterns
The more you exercise the more you’ll find it easier to sleep at night. With a better sleeping pattern you will have increased energy throughout the day.
5) Enhanced Physical Appearance
If you’re not happy about your current weight or shape then losing weight and getting toned will help you to look and feel great. Your clothes will fit you far better and you’ll feel more confident about yourself and the way you look.
6) Increased Stamina and Strength
You may find it too tiring to go for long walks, although you want to. Or perhaps you find carrying your shopping up the stairs is too challenging. With regular exercise such activities will become easier for you. You will be able to walk for longer periods without a second thought and generally feel stronger within yourself.
7) Play with Your Kids
Anyone who has children or has been around children knows that it takes up a lot of energy just trying to keep up with them. Think about what it would feel like to be able to run around with your kids without getting out of breath all the time. By losing weight and getting fit, you’ll be able to do just that. And therein lies one of the most satisfying benefits of exercising: experiencing a greater enjoyment of the simple things.
8) Reduced Stress Levels
Exercise can massively decrease your stress levels. If you frequently suffer from stress – or other debilitating mental health issues such as anxiety or depression – a consistent exercise program can help to lessen the symptoms.
9) A Sense of Achievement
Once you start to see the physical changes to your body as a result of exercising, you’ll start to develop a sense that you really have achieved something worthwhile. This will motivate you to continue working out.
10) Preserve Your Independence Later In Life
If you adopt exercise as a lifestyle change now, whilst you’re still able to keep fit, you will lessen the impact of certain medical and health related problems associated with the later stages of life. You’ll be able to retain your independence for much longer.
You’re probably wondering just how much you have to workout in order to start reaping the benefits of exercising. That’s really down to you and how physically fit you currently feel. The commonly quoted statistic is that a mere 30 minutes of daily exercise 5 times a day is enough to radically improve your health. Now all you need to do is go out there and do it!
You may also be interested in:
- Exercise For Beginners – How to Get Physical For Weight Loss
- Cardiovascular Exercises to Do From Home – Who Needs the Gym?
- US Department of Health & Human Services
- Harvard Health Publications – Benefits of Exercise
- Science Daily – Regular Exercise Plays a Consistent and Significant Role in Reducing Fatigue
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