Want to feel better, have more energy and even add years to your life? Just exercise.
These four reasons I am about to share with you are what I feel to be the most important benefits of a regular fitness routine. I consider regular to be a visit to your local gym 4-5 times a week.
Reason Number ONE: Improves your overall mood
Had a rough day at work? Need a little boost to the ego? 30 minutes to an hour at the gym may be just what you need. Studies have shown that during exercise and physical activity certain chemicals inside your brain are stimulated. These chemicals aid in making you feel happier and more relaxed. Many people refer this as the “runner’s high” or “Pump” at the gym.
Regular exercise can also change your physical appearance, leaving you feeling overall better about yourself. This is huge boost to your confidence and self-esteem.
Reason Number TWO: Exercise boosts energy
Find yourself winded after those few flights of stairs? Struggling to survive the Saturday chores?
Regular exercise helps you build a stronger muscular system (Strength) and aid in cardiovascular health (Endurance).
Proper strength and cardiovascular training begin to transform your body using oxygen and nutrients used during training sessions. Causing your lung capacity to increase and your heart health to improve, leaving you with more energy, endurance, and strength to tackle an job.
Reason Number THREE: Exercise promotes better sleep
Tossing and turning at night and fighting to fall asleep? Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Remember how we talked about relieving that stress and feeling more relaxed. Guess what it’s one of the number one things keeping you up at night.
Do yourself a favor get a great sweat in afterwork and melt that stress away, you’ll be asleep before the sheep reach the fence.
Reason Number FOUR: Exercise helps control weight
Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain and promote weight loss. When you exercise your body begins to burn calories, the more intense the routine the more calories you burn. Strength training is another wonderful way to burn unwanted calories. When our bodies begin to build muscle it needs fuel, that fuel is calories.
Finding a workout routine that is right for you and being consistent are the keys to success in your fitness journey. Don’t walk but run to your nearest gym, CrossFit class, yoga studio, or running trail and get motivated and moving.