Good morning! I hope you are all feeling energised this morning! I know I usually blog about recipes and nutrition but I really wanted to touch on exercise too. I used to absolutely hate exercising… so much that I actually used to skip P.E at school! Anything I could do to get out of it- I would! But little did I know just how important it was, and if I could go back, I definitely wouldn’t have skipped the chance to exercise. Saying that, I have now fallen in love with it! I actually get excited to go to the gym because I know how much my body loves it, and how great I feel once I’ve done it. Plus, did you know that people who exercise live longer? Below are some key health benefits that can be achieved through regular exercise…
Fights off diseases
Medical research indicates that regular physical activity is extremely important to achieve a healthy lifestyle, particularly once we get older. Statistics have shown that regular exercise can reduce risks of certain illnesses such as, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer and stroke. It also lowers the risks of depression and dementia.
Had a stressful day? Head straight to the gym! You would not believe how much better you feel after blowing off some steam through physical activity. This is because exercising stimulates various chemicals in the brain which encourage feelings of happiness and relaxation. This can also have long-term effects – improving confidence and levels of self esteem.
Improves energy levels
You can read the research but the best thing to do is to get up and see what I’m talking about! I know the thought of hitting the gym may feel like a drag but this research doesn’t lie! You can also try out different workouts or exercises- I bet you’ll find one you like! Running, dancing, swimming, yoga… There’s so many different forms of working out you can try. Your body will love you for forcing it to work up a sweat. Stretch out those muscles and get moving- even if that just means taking the stairs and not the elevator! Don’t be lazy! Rise and Grind!