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We all live busy lives, and the idea of putting aside some time to exercise isn’t always the most attractive prospect in the world. We’d rather be spending time with friends and family, or just sitting back and relaxing. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that experts don’t recommend regular exercise just for the sake of it. They do so because there are plenty of benefits to working up a sweat and next to no downsides.
If you need a little bit of motivation to get the gym clothes back on, then read below, where we outline some of the best benefits from regular exercise…
You Can Have More Energy
We tend to think of anything that involves working up a sweat as something that will drain out energy, but this isn’t the case — indeed, the opposite is true. If you find that you’re often sluggish and tired, then it’s worth engaging in some exercise, which has been shown to give us more energy. It can release endorphins, help with quality of sleep, help manage stress, and can train the heart to work more efficiently, getting more oxygen to the brain and other organs. You can feel buzzed and ready for action after a quick run, and even if there is some soreness after a trip to the gym, over time your body will be getting stronger.
Your Mood Can Be Boosted
Humans were designed to be a lot more active than we are today. Indeed, it’s only in recent times that we’ve adopted a sedentary lifestyle. It might be more relaxing, but it’s not necessarily good for us. We should be more active. And is if to prove the point, our mind rewards us with mood-boosting chemicals after we’ve engaged in exercise. If it has been some time since you’ve been running, you’ll likely be rewarded with “runner’s high” after you’re back and showered — it is intoxicating.
You Can Help Keep Certain Health Conditions at Bay
While people use exercise to improve their appearance, the true power of working up a sweat is felt internally. Exercise can help to keep everything working as it should, and also prevent certain medical conditions from taking hold. If you engage in moderate amounts of exercise each week, then you’ll be doing your bit to fight arthritis, cancers, diabetes, and heart valve disease, among others. You’ll want to blend your fitness with healthy eating in order to be at your best.
You Can Be Active for Longer
There’s nothing wrong with growing older, but there is a downside — we begin to slow down, and become less active than we used to be. By engaging in regular exercise, you’ll be keeping yourself loose, and can keep yourself as an active member of society for longer. Yoga, in particular, is extremely good for this — they say that you stay the same age as you were when you first started yoga.
It Can Be Fun
Finally, here’s the final motivating factor: it can be fun! Many people think that exercise has to mean torture, but this isn’t the case. Find the right activity for you, and it won’t feel like exercising at all. Check out this article from NerdFitness about ways to exercise without feeling like you are exercising.
It’s so important to exercise. Sitting all the time can wreak havoc on your health. Get up and move! It can help you mentally, physically, and emotionally. Let me know your favorite way to exercise below.