There is always a reason that we can come up with for not getting ourselves fitter or healthier.
Not enough time.
Not enough money.
It’s the wrong weather.
I’ve got to do something first.
I would if *insert excuse here*
The bottom line is that you need to put your health first. What else can you do without it? So prioritise it.
Need more convincing? Here are 8 reasons to get more exercise into your day right now:
1. Your metabolic rate increases
If low metabolism is one of your reasons/excuses, exercise is an affective way to raise it. Not only will you burn the calories whilst you are working out but your body will continue to burn them during rest too.
2. You will sleep better
Those that work out regularly will not only fall asleep quicker but will also benefit from a better quality of sleep overall.
3. Daily tasks become easier
Being unfit or overweight takes its toll on the body and even the simplest of activities such as walking or climbing stairs can become difficult. Regular exercise increases your body’s functional strength, decreases joint pain and reduces the risk of developing arthritis.
4. Regular exercise helps to control weight
Regular exercise and being aware of what you are consuming undeniably helps to control weight. This reduces the risks of medical conditions which may be caused or exacerbated by excessive weight gain such as plantar fasciitis, a painful condition that can also be helped with treatment from Specialised Cosmetic and Medical boutique, 23md.
5. It improves your mental health
Regular activity reduces anxiety and stress thanks to the feel-good chemicals that it produces. The endorphins that are produced trigger positive feelings and a lower perception of pain, not unlike the effect of morphine. The brain also releases serotonin and dopamine, another two chemicals that make you happy.
6. It gives your confidence levels a boost
Getting fitter and losing weight gave me the confidence to get out of my comfort zone and try more challenges, including abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the UK’s tallest sculpture, followed by a very windy abseil down the Spinnaker Tower.
I’d love to take on some more challenges this year. Let’s see what mischief I can get up to!
7. It helps to keep you focused in difficult times
I have made exercise such a way of life that it has helped me through so many difficult times. When I find myself stressed, angry or under pressure, I find myself feeling much better after a workout.
8. You start to challenge yourself
I had never considered myself to be a runner and, looking at the park run participants, I actually still don’t. But I do enjoy pulling out the treadmill for a run on most evenings.
I couldn’t run far at all when I began. Eventually I challenged myself to complete a 5k every other day for a month. This is what happened.
How does working out help you?