Maintaining a healthy size is only one of the benefits of getting that body moving. Here are some other reasons to exercise regularly (and by “regularly”, we mean 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity or some combination of that. Uhhh, can we speak to a Maths teacher please?).
It’s good for your brain
Especially cardio exercise. You don’t have to be in a gym, either– getting outside for a regular brisk walk does wonders for your mood andoverall wellbeing. Speed up a bit more than your usual step, listen to somemusic or a podcast, soak up the weather and feel those chemicals in your brainfiring up. (In addition, the extra oxygen moving through your skull helpsimprove memory. Weird, huh?)
It improves your energy levels
When you’re always doing something active, your body gets used to the routine and prepares itself for that extra strain. Which means you’ll feel sluggish and tired. In general, that is. You’ll still probably feel tired after a massive session of sweating it out. But don’t be surprised when you find yourself more able to focus.
It’s great for your bone and muscle health
Exercise builds up your bone and muscle strength, whichmakes you stronger in terms of being able to pick up heavier things with lessstrain, but also in the sense of making you more resilient. That means you’llbe able to fight off certain injuries and illnesses, especially as you getolder.
It helps with other health-based stuff, too
Weight loss isn’t just about looking good – regular exercise reduces your risk of copping some chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and things like that. Your body will be better placed to defend against them.
It’s helpful if you have trouble sleeping
Turns out that making sure you’ve used up lots of energythrough the day is an excellent way to knock yourself out when it’s bedtime. Itburns stress, too, which means you won’t be staring at the ceiling wonderingwhat it’s all about in life. Instead you’ll be snoring away, dreaming of that treadmillor bike path…
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