Why should I be exercising?

We are often told that we should take part in regular exercise, due to its many health benefits. It is recommended that adults do 30 minutes of exercise a day, or at least 150 minutes a week. It seems like this is a lot, but it can take many forms. Choose a more traditional form of exercise, such as running, weight training and walking, or something more extreme such as rock climbing and skiing. Take a look below to find out about some of the benefits:

 

Strength

Firstly, doing regular exercise strengthens your muscles, joints, and bones. This not only increases your overall strength and fitness; it also lowers your risk of developing osteoporosis. Furthermore, increased strength can mean a better posture and a decreased risk of falls, especially in older adults.

Feel happier

Exercise also has mental health benefits. It releases endorphins and serotonin in your brain, making you feel happier. In addition, regular exercise can reduce your stress levels, lifting your mood and increasing your mental wellbeing.

Weight Management

One of the most common reasons people exercise is to help with weight loss. Being a healthy weight can have many health benefits, such as reducing the risk of a heart attack and developing Type 2 Diabetes. Some exercise, such as weight training, can also aid in sustainable weight gain, if this is your goal.

Lower Blood Pressure

Making exercise part of your daily routine can help to lower your blood pressure. Having a high blood pressure can put strain on your arteries and heart. As a result, your risk of a stroke and heart problems goes down as your blood pressure goes down.

Better Sleep

Regular exercise is also linked to getting better sleep! Studies have shown that adults who did at least 150 minutes of exercise a week had their quality of sleep increase by up to 65%. If you’re struggling sleeping, try upping your exercise to reap this benefit.

 

Fitting regular exercise into your routine clearly has many benefits that don’t stop at the ones listed here! Finding the right exercise that fits in with your lifestyle is key, so you are more likely to stick to the routine, and therefore take advantage of the long and short term benefits. Above all, it is important to find an exercise that you enjoy, so you can gain these benefits while having fun.