We all know that there are multiple reasons as to why exercise and physical activity is good for you. The list is endless, however, we have put together what we think are our top five benefits of exercise. Read some of our home workout tips for inspiration!
A good night's sleep works wonders for our health and our mood. We can concentrate more easily, be more productive and feel generally better all round. A good night's sleep helps to boost our immune systems and balance our hormones too.
By exerting physical energy, we tend to de-stress our minds and bodies. With less tension within, we are more able to relax and get better quality sleep. Disrupted sleep contains less REM, which is essential for repairing and growing your mind and your body. So tire yourself out to ensure a well rested, deeper night of zzz's.
Improve Your Health
Perhaps the most obvious and the most important reason to exercise is to improve your physical health. Regular exercise is proven to help keep your body functioning efficiently, keeping you fit and healthy, and even prolong your life.
From obesity and heart disease, to cancer; studies prove that regular exercise can reduce the risks of such diseases, plus many more by up to 50%. In addition to this, you are also less likely to be prone to injury and other illness, such as general coughs and colds; making your life happier and easier in your day to day living.
Not only can exercise aid your mental health by preventing symptoms of depression and anxiety, it can also boost your brainpower. When you exercise, serotonin is released, making you more alert and productive on a day to day basis. Exercise also helps to develop willpower, making regular exercisers, generally more successful in their career and their life.
In addition to this, regular physical activity is also proven to decrease the risks of dementia and memory loss.
Delays The Ageing Process
The dream of being forever young is one that we would, likely, all buy into if there was a magic pill. Exercise aids the delay of ageing. By sustaining muscle tone, we prevent becoming frail and weak, our bodies instead remain strong and toned. Our skin remains more youthful looking because of our hormone balance. Our balance and flexibility remains, preventing falls and injury as we move into the later stages of our life. We are also left feeling more energised and positive. So that magic pill is right there for the taking if you want it.
Increase Self Confidence
Often, when we exercise, we set ourselves goals, or participate in a sport. This goal setting and achieving makes us realise what we are capable of and helps our self confidence to soar. Also, regular exercise can improve the way we look by controlling our weight, toning our muscles and skin and improving the texture of your hair and nails.
So what are you waiting for? Get moving today. Why not start with some yoga for fitness?