It might be tough at first, but starting on a new fitness regime can be extremely rewarding. Exercise has shown to have numerous benefits for both the body and mind, and can improve overall well-being. Here are 5 of the benefits that exercise has for you.
Perhaps one of the most obvious and common reasons people exercise is because it helps you to control your weight. It is often said that dieting is 80% and exercise is 20% — this is, in fact, true. Your diet isn’t going to work out if you’re just cutting calories. When you eat less, your metabolic rate slows down. However, this effect is negated by exercise. In fact, the process of exercising expends more energy than just sitting down all day, so you’ll find yourself shedding even more pounds.
If you’re feeling blue, there’s no better time than the present to go for a run! There’s a reason why exercise has been linked to mental health. Exercise has been show to reduce adrenaline and cortisol, the body’s stress hormones, while at the same time elevating levels of endorphins. Endorphins are natural painkillers and mood boosters, which is one reason why you feel so happy right after a gruelling workout!
For those suffering from insomnia or other sleep-related problems, exercise may just be the natural solution to it. As stated in the point above, exercise reduces stress, a common factor in sleep-related disorders. Exercise also causes wear and tear on the body, thus, more time is also spent in the deep sleep phase in order to recover. This results in a more restful night of sleep each day. Be careful not to get your heart rate up too close to your bedtime, though. This could have the opposite effect and make it harder to sleep!
Lack of exercise is often a risk factor for many chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease and diabetes. Exercising not only increases insulin sensitivity, cardiovascular fitness and body composition. It also decreases blood pressure and blood fat levels. It is also important in improving brain health and memory, by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
Ever noticed your cheeks flushing after a rough workout? Exercising not only stimulate blood flow, which helps delay against signs of ageing, but also encourages the production of antioxidants, which help protect cells. Perspiration also helps draw dirt and impurities out of your skin. Just remember to wash your face after!
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