Why is Exercise Good for You?

Why is Exercise Good for You?

From a young age, many people are told that exercise is good for them. While some follow this guidance, others may question how good it actually is, especially when they factor in that there is a chance of injury from over-exercising or lack of guidance. By considering the ways in which exercise can help your body, and making sure that you understand how to exercise safely, you can remove any of these doubts and end up with a healthier, fitter version of yourself.

Physical Health

Your overall physical health can be greatly improved through the use of exercise. In particular, your heart will be grateful for you spending a mere 30 minutes each day engaging in physical activity, as it keeps your organs that much healthier. In addition to this, exercise is a good way of strengthening the muscles, which can be achieved even by using 20kg rubber dumbbells at home, allowing you to increase your stamina and feel less out of breath over time. A combination of cardio and weight exercises will get your blood pumping that much quicker, which will improve the circulation of blood throughout your body.

Weight Loss

Obesity is becoming a rapid concern across many countries. While a few extra pounds may not be a cause for alarm, severe obesity can greatly shorten your lifespan. Exercising can help to rectify the balance of calories in vs calories out, which will allow you to lose weight. Alongside this, it is important that you factor in the dietary choices you make each day as, even if you do exercise regularly, eating too much food, or unhealthy food, will prevent you from losing weight effectively. Exercise will also help to transform the bad fat that your body stores into lean muscle which, as detailed above, means that exercising and carrying out physical activities may get even easier over time.

Mental Health

When suffering with poor mental health, it can be difficult to find the motivation to exercise. If you can find the will to persevere, you may actually feel better for it. Studies have found that those who partake in exercise tend to feel more positive, and can even help to combat a number of mental health problems. This is most likely the result of a hormone called endorphins. Endorphins are released during physical activity and are also known as ‘happy hormones’. While exercising may feel unpleasant, you may eventually notice that, following a session, you feel upbeat and proud of your achievements. When a lack of motivation is a real issue, it can be helpful to have a friend or family member to assist. Taking part in exercise together might help you to feel more enthusiastic, as well as allow you to spend quality time partaking in a healthy activity with a loved one.

Exercise should be a staple part of each person’s life. If you have diagnosed health conditions, or have not exercised for a long time, it can be a good idea to speak to a professional who may be able to guide you in finding activities that will suit your needs, without compromising on your existing health.

Asheley Rice

I am a pop culture and social media expert. Aside from writing about the latest news health, I also enjoy pop culture and Yoga. I have BA in American Cultural Studies and currently enrolled in a Mass-Media MA program. I like to spend my spring breaks volunteering overseas.

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