Exercising is important. A basic fact, right? Whether it’s an intense circuit training session or some relaxing yoga- it’s important. There’s the obvious benefits, like weight loss but there’s also the not so obvious stuff, like the endorphins released, that help you feel amazing.

It’s recommended that we do 20 minutes of exercising a day. Honestly, everyday can see like a huge commitment. So another popular suggestion is 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Although, that seems a lot less daunting- it;s still hard to find the time. Or at least that’s the excuse so many of us use. With work and school and then commitments on top of that-by the time you get home, you want to eat and sleep (if you’re anything like me, that is!) Doing a workout or going to an exercise class is the least of your priorities. So, here’s my advice- find something you enjoy. I know it’s a classic cliché, but if you don’t like your workout, why would you do it?

Personally, I love yoga. However, I also really love some good old-fashioned cardio. Running can be boring though, so I downloaded Zombies, Run! It’s amazing. I’ve only done the first session, so perhaps I’ll do a review of it,but so far so good. Basically, this app gives you a story to follow and you are a character in this story, I would definitely recommend it and I’ll leave a link to their page at the bottom.

So, the benefits of exercise. There are so many, from reducing your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lowering your risk of early death by up to 30% it can also  have a positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts overall mood.khloekarash.jpg

Exercise is amazing for emotional health. One example is Khloe Kardashian and her”revenge body”.  Instead of harming her body because of her breakup, she got moving and showed everybody what she was capable of; and now? She is loving all the other benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

 

It’s medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:

  • up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
  • a 30% lower risk of early death
  • up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
  • up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
  • a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
  • up to a 30% lower risk of depression
  • up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

NHS website

Other mental and emotional benefits of exercise

  • Sharper memory and thinking. The same endorphins that make you feel better also help you concentrate and feel mentally sharp for tasks at hand. Exercise also stimulates the growth of new brain cells and helps prevent age-related decline.
  • Higher self-esteem. Regular activity is an investment in your mind, body, and soul. When it becomes habit, it can foster your sense of self-worth and make you feel strong and powerful. You’ll feel better about your appearance and, by meeting even small exercise goals, you’ll feel a sense of achievement.
  • Better sleep. Even short bursts of exercise in the morning or afternoon can help regulate your sleep patterns. If you prefer to exercise at night, relaxing exercises such as yoga or gentle stretching can help promote sleep.
  • More energy. Increasing your heart rate several times a week will give you more get-up-and-go. Start off with just a few minutes of exercise a day, and increase your workout as you feel more energized.
  • Stronger resilience. When faced with mental or emotional challenges in life, exercise can help you cope in a healthy way, instead of resorting to alcohol, drugs, or other negative behaviors that ultimately only make your symptoms worse. Regular exercise can also help boost your immune system and reduce the impact of stress.

helpguide.org

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Links

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/Whybeactive.aspx  — health benefits of exercising

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/exercise-fitness/emotional-benefits-of-exercise.htm  — emotional and mental benefits of exercsing

https://zombiesrungame.com/ — Zombies,Run! website

 

 

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