When we say frequently, we mean multiple times a day! Any kind of exercise counts; walking to the office, taking the stairs, going out for a run or bike ride, lifting weights and swimming – to name a few types of exercise.
Our bodies were designed to move around. Compared to our ancestors, however, we sit around a lot; either behind our desks at the office or at home in front of the television. Moving around has many health benefits other than improving metabolism i.e. weight loss!
Everyone knows exercise is good for them but most people say they “just don’t have enough time”. Time is a poor excuse as exercise increases energy and focus levels, thus making you more efficient in everything else you do. If you don’t think you have enough time for exercise – start exercising.
Here are the 5 non-negotiable reasons to exercise frequently:
- Increased energy and focus levels: during exercise your body delivers more oxygen and nutrients to your tissues helping your cardiovascular system work more efficiently leading to increased energy levels and focus.
- Increased life expectancy: exercise helps prevent aliments including arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, loss of muscle mass, cardiovascular illness and others.
- Increased happiness and reduced stress: exercise stimulates brain chemicals that trigger feelings of happiness and relaxation. Exercise can also improve confidence and boost self-esteem.
- Improved sleep: exercise helps you to fall asleep faster and deepens your sleep. Don’t exercise too close to bed time though as your heart rate and body temperature will still be elevated.
- Improved metabolism: exercise makes you burn calories and increases your metabolism. The higher the intensity, the more calories you burn.
Not exercising, on the other hand, can lead to a long list of complications; obesity, sluggishness, loss of bone mass, stress, heart disease, depression and anxiety to name of few.