Exercise can be defined as any activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness.
Almost everyone knows that exercise, keeping fit is important. There are many posts and publications that talk about the different types of exercise you can try and the different benefits (like bigger muscles, weight loss, etc.) that can be accrued. However, you are still stalling and putting the blame on different things like lack of time or even lack of funds etc.
The aim of this post is to convince you that you really need to start exercising by showing you top eight reasons to exercise apart from losing weight.
Here we go; top eight benefits of regular exercising:
8. Boosts Self-confidence
Regular exercise and sticking to your exercise routine can help you feel accomplished.
Even if you do not notice significant change I’m your body immediately, the efforts you’ve put in can keep you motivated and make you happy, hence boosting your confidence level.
7. Quality Sleep
Getting a good night sleep is a good way to relax and re-energise your body system. However many today are faced with insomnia, which leaves them feeling cranky and grumpy all day.
The good news is that, studies have shown that people who exercised regularly had less incidence of insomnia and a higher quality of sleep.
6. Better Posture
A regular exercise of the back, abs and other muscles can go a long way into fixing your posture, both sitting and standing.
5. A Better Sex Life
Studies have shown that exercise can help to increase arousal in both men and women. Also, men who do not exercise are more prone to erectile dysfunction than men who do.
It is believed that exercise has the effect it does on increasing sexual potency because it strengthens the cardiovascular system and improves circulation
4. Strong Bones
Osteoporosis is definitely not a myth or a joke. According to a study, there is a relationship between regular exercise and hip bone mineral density (BMD).
Regular exercising; be it mild, moderate or strenuous helps to build and strengthen the bones.
It is however advised that you make exercise a life-long practice, as adults who stopped exercising later in life were said to experience loss in bone mass.
3. A Good Way To De-stress And Unwind
Everyone’s got their stress days and bad days. Different things can make you feel stressed; it could be a bad day at work, a glitch in your relationship, or a looming deadline.
Exercise has been recommended as a way to get the stress off your shoulders. The next time you feel stressed, try doing some aerobic exercise; for instance, you can take a walk down the block, put on your jogging shoes or just dance.
2. Longer Lifespan
Exercise can make you live longer. Studies have shown that exercising for at least 150 minutes can increase your lifespan with about 5 years.
That is, dedicating at least two and half hours a week to exercising can go a long way in increasing your lifespan.
So what are you waiting for?
1. A healthy life
Everyone wants to lead a healthy life.
Exercising is like ‘the dream preventive drug’ as it lowers the risk of several diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, etc.
It is definitely cheaper and more affordable than using your funds to treat sicknesses.
I could go on and on with my list, but I’ll just add one more point to the points I already made.
A HAPPIER YOU
I’m going to cap all the points I’ve been making with this single point. Regular exercise makes for a happier you. Studies show that people who are physically active report greater levels of excitement and enthusiasm than people who are less physically active. Exercise helps as an anti-depressant.
So dear reader, I hope with these few points of mine, I have been able to convince you that YOU NEED TO START EXERCISING.
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