Every single person who chooses to start a regular exercise regimen does so for a different, and personal reason. But no matter the reason, there are many incredible benefits that come from committing to consistent workouts, whether they are hardcore, sweaty weight sessions or walks around the block. Here are the top four.
Improved Cardiovascular Health
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for almost every age, gender, and racial group in the United States. While high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are the key factors that put people at risk, other conditions on that list include diabetes, obesity, and physical inactivity—all of which can be countered with exercise. What’s more, all forms of exercise can help strengthen the heart and improve cardiovascular health, not just typical forms of “cardio” like walking, running or cycling. Anything that increases your heart rate, no matter how much or for how long, will have a positive impact on your heart health in the present and future.
Improved Muscle Tone
One of the side effects of exercising and losing fat is developing aesthetically pleasing muscle tone, which is certainly an acceptable goal to work towards with your fitness regimen. But having strong muscles can actually play an important role in your overall health as well. Lean muscle is what keeps your metabolism from dropping as you age, particularly your basal metabolic rate, or how many calories you burn at rest, which can help combat obesity. Strong muscles also help keep your bones strong, lowering your risk of developing bone and joint problems like osteoporosis or arthritis and decreasing your risk of falls and fractures.
Regular exercise can have a profound impact on mental health. In fact, studies have shown that it can be as effective, if not more effective, than medication for treating depression, plus help lower stress and anxiety. The reason: Exercise prompts the brain to release feel-good chemicals and helps relax any physical tension being held in the body, helping to improve your overall mood. What’s more, simply knowing that you have done something healthy for yourself can make for an instant positivity boost.
Exercise puts you in touch with your body and reveals to you what your body is capable of. And most of the time, the answer is more than you thought it was. Discovering your physical and mental strength, through doing more reps than the last time or holding a plank for 10 seconds longer, can provide an instant increase in self-confidence. Likewise, moving your body in ways you didn’t think you could, such as dancing in a Zumba class, can help you feel not only stronger, but also more beautiful and more powerful. To top it off, all you need to do to get these benefits is head outside, hit the gym, or pop into a group fitness class (like those offered by Power for Life Fitness). So what are you waiting for?
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