The benefits of regular exercise

Some people exercise because they love it. Others exercise because they want to look good. Others exercise to feel good. Some exercise to recover from illness or injury. There are various different reasons as to why people choose to exercise or work out. The article below is going to explain the benefits it brings and why exercise is so awesomeeeee!!!

It controls your weight

This is a biggy. Exercise is a great way to control weight gain and maximise weight loss. By exercising, you burn calories, and the more intense the exercise, the more calories you burn. This helps to reduce fat levels in the body. You don’t even have to go to the gym to burn these excess calories. Increasing your activity levels by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking instead of driving to the shops is a great way to increase exercise levels.

It increases energy levels

Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.

It improves mood

Stressful day?  Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. This may help you feel better about your physical appearance, and also feel better about yourself as a whole. Therefore increasing and boosting your self esteem. Great eh?

Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), “good” cholesterol, and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This helps to keep your blood flowing smoothly, decreasing your risk of cardiovascular disease. Regular physical activity can help prevent and manage various different health problems and concerns, including stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer and arthritis.

Sleep sounder

If you’re struggling to fall asleep, exercise could be the key. By exercising more your body will require more rest. And you get the most rest when you sleep. Your will sleep much deeper as a result, and when you wake you will feel more energised. Just don’t exercise before bed, as this is likely to keep you up due to increased energy levels.

Its Fun!!!

Exercise can also be fun believe it or not. By playing sports and having a competitive side to the exercise helps motivate and also takes away some monotony that is usually associated with exercising. It can also be a social event, with friends and families getting involved. Exercise doesn’t have to be spending hours on a treadmill staring at a wall. You can go for a run in the countryside, or play basketball/netball down the local court. The list is endless. So go and enjoy yourself and all of these benefits will take care of themselves.

In summary

As a general rule, aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. If you have specific goals, such as to lose weight, or to build muscle, then you may need to adjust your exercise levels and activities. Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise regime or program, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time, have health issues (e.g. heart disease, arthritis, diabetes), or you have any concerns. Don’t chance it. Be safe.