Being fit and exercising doesn’t mean that you have to run 30km or become an elite athlete. Exercising can be as simple as walking the dog or having a swim at the pool or beach. Now you may be thinking, what do I get out of exercising? Well, exercising contains numerous amounts of benefits.
Why We Need To Exercise
Regular physical activity produces long time benefits for all ages, shapes and sizes. Not only does exercise help you look better, physical activity helps prevent numerous diseases. Everyone can benefit from regular exercise. There are many different ways to exercise you just have to find one which suits you. Exercising can be as easy as playing your favourite sport or walking, exercising is anything that gets your body moving. The Department of Health recommends 150-300 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week for adults and 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity daily for children.
20 Reasons Why You Should Exercise (Benefits)
To Improve Happiness - Exercising is enjoyable! When you’re exercising your brain releases dopamine which is a chemical in your brain that makes you happy.
To Maintain or Achieve a Healthy Weight- Exercising is an effective way to lose weight. When you exercise you use your excess calories. This stops those calories from turning into fat.
To Help Prevent Many Diseases/Conditions - Keeping fit and healthy helps prevent many conditions such as obesity, diabetes, risk of a heart attack, heart disease, depression, anxiety, risk of stroke, high blood pressure, breast and colon cancer, dementia and osteoporosis.
Be With Friends And Meet New People- Exercising can be extremely social. There are many different exercise groups you can join or you can invite your friends over to exercise.
Have Stronger Muscles And Bones- If you do resistance training (e.g weightlifting) bones and muscle become stronger. The tension between your muscle and bone is what makes them stronger.
Increase Your Life Length- Exercising increases your life length. Exercising helps prevent many diseases that can be fatal and you are much more healthy if you exercise which helps your life length.
Help You Sleep Better- The National Sleep Foundation says regular exercise helps you sleep. It is best to exercise in the morning or afternoon not before you go to bed or you will find it harder to sleep.
Improve Your Memory- Many studies have shown that exercising can improve your memory and help you learn. When you exercise your brain gets more energy and oxygen.
Improve Confidence Within Yourself- We all know that exercise can make you look better (which of course improves your confidence) but exercise can also make you feel more accomplished and social.
Boost Your Energy- Your body works more efficiently when you exercise, that efficiency provides more oxygen to your body’s cells which ultimately improves your energy.
Relieve Stress- Had a hard day at work or school? Take a walk or head to the gym, you’ll thank me later....