10 Benefits Of Exercise And How It Can Improve Your Life

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If you are anything like me you know that exercise is good for you but you still put it off! We all know about certain benefits of exercising – above all, that it’s good for us. But this isn’t always enough to get us motivated to actually do any exercise.

Maybe these 10 benefits of exercise and how it can improve your life will give you that extra incentive…

1. Exercise Can Improve Your Appearance

If being overweight or not being toned leaves you feeling unhappy about yourself then losing weight can help you to look and feel better. Exercise will also help your circulation and increase blood flow to the cells in your skin, giving your skin a healthier appearance.

2. Give Your More Energy

Although exercise  can be tiring, one of the major benefits of exercising is the fact that it will ultimately leave you feeling more energised. Studies have shown that regular exercise actually helps to reduce fatigue and give you more energy.

3. Improve Your Health

There are so many health benefits to exercising but some of the more notable ones include reducing the risk of diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and many more. In addition, the fitter you are the better you will be able to cope with illness when you are ill.

4. Put You In A Better Mood

Whenever you exercise your body will release endorphins that help to make you feel good. Endorphins are well documented as improving mood and making you feel better. Exercise really will give you a natural high!

5. Help You Sleep Better

Sleep is crucial to our well being and the way we feel during the day. Exercise has been shown to help with sleep patterns and making it easier to get a good night’s rest. This adds to the energy boost that you’ll get from exercise in the long term.

 6. Reduce Your Stress Levels

Exercise can help greatly by reducing your stress levels. If you regularly suffer from stress – or even mental heath issues such as depression and anxiety – regular exercise can help to reduce your symptoms as has been shown in many studies.

7. Energy To Play With Your Kids

Children are full of energy and it can take a lot to keep up with your kids. By losing weight and getting fit, you’ll be able to run around with them without constantly getting out of breath. This can be one of the most rewarding benefits of exercising: it helps you to enjoy life more.

8. Increase Your Strength and Stamina

You may not be aware that your strength and stamina could do with improving but you may find that by exercising you will find some every day tasks easier. From carrying heavy bags of shopping for long distances to managing your luggage during holiday travel to gardening, there are many areas in life that extra strength and stamina will be appreciated. Exercise more and you will feel a difference.

9. Keep Your Independence Later In Life

Probably not something that we want to think of too much when we are younger. The more you can exercise now, while you’re still able, the more you can reduce the impact of certain health problems and general ageing later in life. In short, keeping fit and healthy will help you to keep your independence as late into life as possible.

10. A Sense Of Achievement

Perhaps something that we don’t often think of when starting to exercise. When you start to exercise and see the improvements you’re making week on week, you’ll really get the feeling that you’ve achieved something worthwhile!

The good news is that it does not take hours and hours of exercise to start feeling these benefits. Of course it all depends on your current fitness levels, but the latest research into exercise shows that 20 minutes of exercise three times a week is enough to improve your health drastically.

So what are you waiting for?!

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