With summer fast approaching, many people will be thinking about ways to achieve their ideal ‘summer bodies’. But, how could exercise (when done for the long run) positively impact your lifestyle, and not just for the summer?
It helps you to maintain a healthy weight
Usually the number one reason for exercise is to maintain a steady weight and make a positive change to benefit your health. Either way, regular trips to the gym are a great way to keep fit and strong!
It can improve your mood
Physical activity stimulates brain chemicals (endorphins) that make us feel happier and more relaxed. So the next time you’re on an emotional low or feeling a little stressed out, try going for a cycle or a brisk walk to find that inner peace again.
It helps combat health conditions and diseases
Being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), otherwise known as ‘good’ cholesterol and helps decrease unhealthy triglycerides. This keeps your blood flowing and decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases.
It can be fun
Attending classes or going to the gym with a friend is the perfect way to socialise whilst getting your weekly exercise fix. Having someone to go with or a class to attend will also keep you motivated and ensure you look forward to going.
It helps you to sleep better
Physical activity can help you sleep significantly better, even with just 150 minutes of exercise a week. However, try not to do exercise too close to bedtime, otherwise you’ll be too energised and may find it difficult to drop off to sleep.
It can improve your mental health
Mental health can be noticeably improved with a tailored exercise plan. Exercising helps you to gain control of your health and your weight; it also gives you time to yourself to work out any frustrations and refocus your mind.
It gives you more energy
Regular exercise boosts muscle strength and endurance, making it easier to do more as time goes on. It also delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues, helping your cardiovascular system to work more efficiently and therefore giving you more energy to do other things without tiring easily.