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8 Benefits of Making Fitness Part of Your Lifestyle

As long as you’re doing a form of physical activity, it benefits your overall lifestyle. If you add exercise to your daily life, it will improve your quality of life. Get into a fitness program and enjoy the improvements in your lifestyle.

Whether you choose to do exercises at home with dumbbells or take a yoga mat and exercise at the park, getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day is important to your health. If you’re looking for simple exercises to try, workout sites like Simple Fitness Hub can provide useful tips. Here are 8 benefits you get when you start trying to get fit:

Improves Your Overall Mood

Exercise helps decrease feelings of stress, depression, and anxiety. Physical activity stimulates brain chemicals that may induce a feeling of happiness and relaxation.

As you engage in a fitness activity, the brain gets more sensitive to serotonin and norepinephrine, hormones that relieve the feeling of depression.

Your body also increases the production of endorphins as you exercise. Endorphins are hormones known to induce positive feelings and reduce feelings of pain.

Helps With Losing Weight

Exercise helps in the prevention of excess weight, especially belly fat. Inactivity has been shown to be a major factor in obesity and weight gain.

Our bodies consume calories in order to provide energy for bodily functions like:

  • Digesting food
  • Physical activity
  • Maintaining body functions like heartbeat, breathing, and other organ functions

Dieting alone won’t help you lose weight. In fact, it can slow down your metabolism which also slows your weight loss. Exercise, on the other hand, increases your metabolism, allowing you to lose weight by burning more calories.

A combination of both would be an ideal fitness routine. It’s been shown that cardio exercises and strength training is the best combination for losing weight.

Reduces the Risks of Health Conditions and Diseases

The major cause of chronic disease is the lack of physical activity. You need to keep your body active to help with blood circulation.

Exercise boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. HDL cholesterol is called “good” cholesterol and also helps remove bad cholesterol.

Regular exercise also improves insulin sensitivity, cardiovascular health, and body fitness. It also decreases blood pressure and blood fat levels.

Engaging in aerobic exercises for 30-60 minutes a day reduces the risks of:

  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Mental Disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Many types of cancer
  • Arthritis

Most of these diseases are associated with having belly fat and inactivity. Therefore, you should start your fitness routine and reduce the risk of you developing these diseases.

Boosts Your Energy Level

Regular exercise or physical activity improves your muscle strength and help condition your muscle for physical work.

Doing exercise gives oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and improves your cardiovascular system. This means your heart and lungs will also improve giving you more energy for the day.

Exercise also helps improve the condition of people suffering from various medical conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), HIV/AIDS, and multiple sclerosis.

Improves Sleep Quality

Regular exercise helps you get a better and relaxing sleep. The energy that you lose from exercising stimulates recuperative processes during sleep.

Studies also show that body temperature during exercise helps improve sleep quality by dropping it to normal temperature during sleep.

If you’re experiencing sleep disorders like insomnia, you should start engaging in a physical fitness program. A study found out that people with insomnia sleep longer and more deeply when engaging in regular physical activity. They also reported having more energy during the day.

Elderly people, who are most commonly affected by sleep disorders, also have a great sleep quality when they engaged in regular exercise.

Increase in Brain Function

Regular exercise improves blood flow. Blood delivers oxygen and blood to the brain to keep it functioning. The more you exercise, the more your brain is well-maintained. This can lead to an improvement in memory and cognitive skills.

Regular exercise can also help stimulate the production of hormones that aid in the growth of brain cells.

Aging people also benefit greatly from regular exercise. It helps reduce oxidative stress and inflammation which can affect the brain structure and function.

Exercise causes the hippocampus, a part of the brain that is in charge of memory and learning, to grow in size. This helps increase mental function, especially for aging people.

Gives You a Smoother and Moisturized Skin

Regular exercise also reduces skin aging.

Your skin is subjected to oxidative stress depending on your lifestyle. Oxidative stress causes your cells to get damaged. Although our body has natural defenses through antioxidants, oxidative stress causes free radicals damage to the cells that our antioxidants can’t keep up to repair.

Regular exercise helps increase the production of natural antioxidants. This results in more healthy cells which in turn leads to smooth and soft skin.

Makes You More Sociable

Regular exercise gives you a better and happier mood. This leads to positive interactions within your community. Taking a walk to the park or outdoors with friends or family helps bond more with them.

Getting fit also encourages you to go outdoors and experience what the world has to offer.

Conclusion

Working on your fitness at any level is beneficial for you and for your family. You don’t have to do intense training workouts or hit the gym to have a great fitness training.

Spend at least 30 minutes a day for exercise. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that a normal healthy adult should spend at least 150 minutes a week doing moderate aerobic activity.

If you’re trying to lose weight, then you should increase the duration by 300 minutes. Getting fit helps improve the quality of your life and make you live longer.

 

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Ameyaw Kissi Debrah, known professionally as Ameyaw Debrah, is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.

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