Although you already know that exercise is good for you, you probably aren’t aware how it’s good for you. Not only does regular and frequent exercise offer a lot of health benefits, but it also enhances your state of mind and contributes to your general well-being. However, despite knowing this, many people don’t include workouts in their schedules, constantly making up new excuses. If you’re one of them, perhaps the following health benefits will finally motivate you to start exercising.
1. Weight control
One of the obvious benefits of exercising is weight control, no matter whether you’re trying to avoid getting fat or getting too thin. Obviously, weight extremes, both lower and upper ones are detrimental to one’s health. Gain too much weight and your cholesterol and blood sugar levels, as well as your blood pressure will rise before you know it. On the other hand, malnutrition leads to bone brittleness (among other risks) and without muscles, your bones will have no support and be under the risk of breaking.
The more intense your physical activity is, the more calories you’ll burn and the more “good” calories you ingest, the likelier it is that, with exercise, they’ll end up supporting your muscles.
Obviously, weight control is one of the main benefits of exercise.
2. Fighting health conditions and various diseases
Exercise can help you meet conditions such as heart disease, proneness to diabetes and cholesterol disbalance head-on, regardless of your weight. By boosting your blood flow and insuring that everything flows (literally) smoothly through exercise, you’re decreasing the risk of cardiovascular and other diseases. It is a well-known fact that diabetics are pretty much obligated to move around so that they counteract the negative effects of their ailment. Along with the mentioned, regular workout helps prevent and/or manage a wide range of other health problems and potential concerns, such as stroke, depression, several types of cancer, arthritis, etc.
3. Psychological benefits
Mental health is just as important as its physical counterpart. If you’ve ever been on a run, you’ve noticed a mood boost once you’ve finished your session and this is all biochemistry. Commonly known as the “runner’s high”, jogging has been known to provide mood boosts and, whether or not this is linked to endorphins (which is a highly debated subject), the fact of the matter remains – you’ll feel happier and more relaxed after a workout session, while having significantly less trouble with dealing with depression and common life problems. In addition, exercise is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress and physical tension, which also contributes to a better mood.
4. Energy boost
If you’ve ever felt exhausted after doing typical household chores or simple things like grocery shopping, you are well-aware of that sinking feeling in your gut that says: “I am so out of shape!” Well, there is no real complicated science behind this – the more you exercise, the more your muscles strengthen and, consequently, endurance improves, which ultimately makes everything from weightlifting to going up the stairs easier for your body. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and boosts your cardiovascular system, which makes you feel more energised.
5. You feel healthy while exercising…
…and you actually are! Your immune system is boosted, antibodies flow more quickly through your bloodstream and you actually excrete an amount of toxic substances from your body.
Additionally, you feel more capable of doing things that your sedentary self would never dream of doing. Of course, the equipment you use makes a world of difference with regards to how you’ll feel during your exercise sessions, so choosing sleek and stretchy gym wear is essential if you want to feel comfortable.
6. It sparks up your sex life
Seeing as how exercising improves your energy levels and physical appearance, does this mean that exercise can boost your sex life? Without a doubt, yes! Regular physical activity enhances arousal in women and men who work out are less likely to experience erectile dysfunction issues than those who are sedentary.
Whether you want to lose weight, build up your muscles or simply feel and be healthier, exercising regularly will help you achieve your goals. So, stop making excuses and start working out.
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Luke is a fitness and health blogger at Ripped.me and a great fan of the gym and a healthy diet. He follows the trends in fitness, gym and healthy life and loves to share his knowledge through useful and informative articles.