We are constantly told that exercise is good for us, but have you ever asked yourself why? There are plenty of good reasons to be physically active. Exercise changes the brain in ways that protect memory and thinking skills. Some of the benefits of exercise are listed below.
- Fight diseases
Regular exercise can help prevent various health conditions like high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, high cholesterol etc.
- Boost mood
Everyone has a day when they feel stressed, sad, bored or tired and at this time we look for something to lift our mood and honestly how many of us have reached for food as comfort. But did you know that physical activity activates various brain chemicals that makes you feel happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your morale. So the next time you feel bad mood rising take yourself to a dancing class and dance it out rather than reaching for the cookies!
- Boost energy
Exercise has a direct impact on your energy level, The flow of blood around the body transports oxygen to the brain to make you feel mentally alert, Exercising also makes the immune system stronger reducing the risk of illness.
- Exercise can be fun
Exercise can help you meet new people or spend time with family and friends, so figure out what activities you enjoy and inspire others to join as well to see the amazing benefits and make it a lifestyle change.
- Better sleep
Exercise can help you deepen your sleep helping you wake up feeling energetic. Physical activities can help fight anxiety and depression which can sometimes be the underlying cause of sleep problems.
If you can’t do an actual workout, there are plenty of activities to get more active throughout the day; take the stairs instead of the elevator (we’ve all heard it a thousand times but it does work!), get off the metro one stop early and walk the rest of the way or simply make more of a workout of your everyday chores like cleaning or gardening.