We all know exercising is great! ...but what really does it do to you?
1. Weight Control
Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain and aid in weight loss by burning more calories. The more rigorous the activity, the more calories you burn. Don't worry about starting small because any amount of activity is better than none at all.
2. Improve Health Conditions
Physical activity and exercise can have immediate as well as long-term health benefits. It will help you build stronger bones, muscles, joints and feel better with increased energy levels, a better mood, and sleep quality.
3. Combat Diseases
Regular physical activities are great ways in helping to lower the risk of:
high blood cholesterol level
type 2 diabetes and some cancers
high blood pressure
4. Makes you Happy
A number of studies suggest that exercise helps with depression and induces a healthier state of mind in the following ways:
by blocking negative thoughts or distracting you from daily worries
group exercise encourages increased social contact
by releasing serotonin and endorphins, chemicals which play an important role in relieving stress and regulating ones mood
you may also feel better about your appearance, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
5. Energy Boost
Exercising trains your muscle strength and helps with your endurance. It makes your cardiovascular system work more efficiently with better delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. The increased flow of blood and oxygen to the brain makes you feel more alert and active even after the workout, giving you more energy to tackle daily chores.
6. Sleep Better
Studies have shown that people who exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes/day had 65% better sleep quality than those who didn't. Although research is still being done on the connection, it is believed that the drop in your body temperature along with the way in which exercising de-stresses the body, can help you fall asleep faster and get you through the night with fewer disturbances.
7. Improve Sex Life
Men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than men who don't. Regular physical activity may also be linked to enhanced arousal for women. Active lifestyles help indirectly too by improving your energy levels and physical appearance!
8. Improve Social Life
Group exercising is a very good way to unwind and connect in a fun and informal setting.
Find a physical activity you enjoy, do it with your friends / family or make new friends as you go!
Try fitting in 30 minutes/day of exercise and minimise the amount of long siting periods by taking short breaks in between.
A little goes a long way!
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