We’re constantly asked about why exercise and fitness are so essential to looking and feeling good. Most people know that physical fitness is important, but they may not realize all the benefits of regular activity. As office jobs become more prevalent and everyone seems to embrace a more sedentary lifestyle, exercise is sometimes reduced to no more than a good intention. If you want to become more physically fit and incorporate exercise into your daily routine, now is the time to start.
If you are currently carrying more weight than you would like to, or are keen to maintain an ideal body weight, exercise is essential. Physical exercise helps burn excess body fat and there’s no better way to lose weight than engaging in exercise activity. You don’t always need to join a gym in order to lose weight, as there are plenty of exercises that can be engaged in from the comfort of your home, including cardio and strength training.
Exercise also improves the functioning of the metabolism, so if you’re finding it difficult to keep off weight even though your diet is good, physical fitness is the cure.
If you have a stressful job or home life, exercise can help you relax through the release of hormones called endorphins. Endorphin-based “runners high,” which researchers say is chemically similar to morphine, is a “natural high” and doesn’t promote addiction. Runners sometimes say that they feel a sense of euphoria after running: they feel energized and positive about life.
Endorphins also work to decrease the sense of pain in the body. They’re natural sedatives. Because they’re manufactured in the nervous system, other parts of the body respond to the good feelings promoted by exercise.
Exercising will help you sleep better and prevent you feeling sluggish and tired during the day. Symptoms of lethargy and fatigue can also be eradicated through physical exercise and you will find that you have more stamina and more energy for performing day to day tasks in the home and at work. Exercise has also been proven to have a positive impact on the symptoms of depression and anxiety, and can help foster a more cheerful state of mind.
Physical fitness promotes good health overall, and reduces the risk of many serious diseases including diabetes and cardiovascular problems. Exercise has been proven to decrease hypertension, reduce the chances of a stroke and bring down bad cholesterol levels. Exercise also makes your body stronger, which is great news for those who suffer from aches and pains. You can engage in physical exercise well into your 70s and it has a strengthening effect on your body as it keeps joints lubricated and increases muscle mass.
Age-related illnesses like Alzheimer’s are also affected by the amount of physical exercise you do, and you can significantly decrease your chances of developing these diseases if you keep your fitness levels up. Your bones start to lose mass after the age of 35, but physical exercise helps strengthen bones and prevents diseases including osteoporosis.