4 Benefits of Regular Exercise
1. Exercise Helps Control Your Weight
Weight control is a well known benefit, but it’s still worth talking about. Many Americans complain about extra pounds that they’d like to lose. Several people have tried crash dieting or drinking special mixtures as a cleanse. These extremes may produce results, but they’re not lasting. If you lose weight simply by dieting, the moment you reach your goal and begin eating outside the parameters of that diet, you’ll start to add the weight back. Gaining weight after working so hard, simply because you ‘splurged’ is what destroys motivation in so many. Dieters can’t understand why they can’t keep the weight off.
The reason is, you have nothing burning the added calories you’ve put back into your diet. Losing weight should be done by dieting and working out. When you combine diet and exercise, it not only helps you lose weight, but it controls your weight and helps you keep it off. As you exercise and gain muscle, every pound of muscle you gain burns around 6.5 calories an hour without any added effort from you. Your added muscle, and the calories it burns, will help balance everything out when you stop your strict diet upon reaching your goal. Plus, during the weight loss process, exercise will fuel your body to burn fat faster, helping you reach your goals in a shorter time frame.
2. Exercise Helps Lower Your Risk for Certain Health Conditions
Everyone wants to live longer, be happier, and feel good inside their own bodies. There’s no miracle drug that will help you achieve all of that, but exercise can. Exercise helps your body to function as if it were younger than it actually is, much like excess fat and unhealthy eating will make your body function as if it were older.
Exercise also boosts your HDL levels (Healthy Cholesterol) and simultaneously lowers your LDL levels (Unhealthy Cholesterol). This combination radically improves your heart health and decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Staying active by exercising regularly will also help prevent stroke, type 2 diabetes, a number of cancers, and arthritis. It is a health boost unlike any other, making it one of the best decisions you can make for your body and overall health.
3. Exercise Improves Your Mood
Not only does exercise help your body look and feel better, but it also helps improve your mental health and emotional levels. Physical activity like running, biking, or a Zumba class can help stimulate and release endorphins (feel-good chemicals) in your brain. Exercising not only releases good chemicals into your brain, but it reduces certain immune system chemicals that can worsen depression.
Regular exercise is often suggested for people with anxiety, high stress levels, or depression to help ease their symptoms and give them a much-needed boost of happiness and relaxation. Even if you’re a generally happy person, but you’ve been stressed from a long week, exercising can benefit you in the same way. It will help improve your mood and give you a feeling of accomplishment along the way.
4. Exercise Boosts Your Energy
Exercising is exhausting when you first start, but over time it can actually increase your energy, strength, and endurance. You’ll notice these improvements appear in stages. Lifting heavy objects will become easier, the workout routine that used to exhaust you doesn’t seem as hard, vacuuming the house doesn’t seem as daunting, and mowing the yard no longer requires a nap afterward. As you continue to make exercise a regular part of your routine, you’ll notice your physical limitations being pushed further and further away.
Exercise may seem like a chore at first, but the more you do it, the more you’ll love it. There’s something empowering about tackling a challenge and then rising to a new one. As you continue to physically push yourself, you’ll notice you feel better, look better, and have more confidence. Exercise offers truly life-changing results if you’re willing to put in the effort required.