Often people look at working out as their main way to lose weight when it’s not necessarily true. It certainly plays its part in a healthy lifestyle but 80% of weight loss is purely down to what you eat! This fact will send hope to people who for some reason or another can’t exercise, however, there are so many more benefits to working out regularly, here are just a few that have absolutely nothing to do with losing weight;
Exercise improves your mood
Whether you need to blow off some steam after a stressful day or need a lift. A gym session, a quick home workout or brisk walk can help. Physical activity stimulates the realise of endorphins that leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less anxious. Studies have shown that around 20 minutes of physical activity can boost your mood for up to 12 hours!
Exercise can make you feel better about yourself
Completing a workout, especially when you would much rather stay in bed, make you feel on top of the world. You may also feel better about your appearance when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
Exercise can boost your energy
Do you often feel tired? Well, exercising could help you to feel more energetic Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily chores.
Exercise promotes better sleep
Struggling to fall asleep? Regular physical activity can help you get to asleep faster, improves the quality of your sleep and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or it may have the opposite effect!
Exercise helps to prevent health problems
Regular exercise helps prevent or manage many health problems and concerns, including:
- Metabolic syndrome
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Many types of cancer
It can also help improve cognitive function and it also helps to keep your immune system up and running.
Exercise can be fun!
Exercise and physical activity can be enjoyable. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. Bored? Try something new or do something with friends or family.