How to Feel Better as a Women! 6 Amazing Reasons to Exercise
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We all need a little motivation to keep striving towards our fitness goals, especially when our usual gym routine is becoming a little ho-hum.
There’s no denying that exercise in all its forms is good for you. According to WHO, physical inactivity can kill you!
So, if you want to live a long and happy life, it’s time to get moving! Here are some more reasons to exercise to get you started.
Reasons to Exercise for the Sake of Your Health
We could easily come up with 50 reasons to exercise or more, but we’ll stick to the basics for now. Read on for some excellent reasons to fasten your shoelaces and get energized.
1. Your Heart Loves It
Like any muscle, your heart benefits from a good exercise session. Here’s how it works:
When you exercise, your body demands oxygen and nutrients from your bloodstream. This sets off a chain of events that have amazing benefits all round.
Firstly, your heart gets a workout coping with these demands i.e. it must pump harder to give muscle and tissue what they need. Over time, this makes your heart stronger and more efficient.
A stronger heart rate causes improved blood flow to your lungs and body, which in turn means more oxygen. More oxygen means that your capillaries must widen to accommodate the extra load.
Wider arteries allow free passage of impurities through your system and are less likely to become blocked.
A happy heart means a healthy cardiovascular system and less chance of cardiovascular disease.
2. A Healthy Cardiovascular System
Your arteries and veins aren’t the only things that benefit from extra oxygen, your lungs do too. Lung capacity increases to cope with the load as you become fitter.
With every part of your cardiovascular system working at an optimum, you have much less chance of suffering from the following:
- Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
- Narrowing of the arteries (coronary artery disease)
- Heart valve disease
- Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
- Pericardial disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Marfan syndrome
- Aorta disease
- Blood vessel disease (vascular disease
All of the above can lead to a heart attack or stroke and are indirectly responsible for the deaths of 1 in 4 people every year.
3. Blood Pressure Benefits
When your arteries are in good shape, blood flows more freely. This means less pressure on your artery walls which simply means lower blood pressure.
For many people, high blood pressure goes hand in hand with aging. So, if your family has a history of hypertension, you can delay the inevitable by keeping your cardiovascular system in peak condition.
Exercise works quickly to improve your blood pressure but as soon as you stop, you’ll be back to square one.
Getting into the habit of exercising regularly goes a long way towards fighting off the ravages of aging.
It also helps to keep a healthy glow on your skin, keeps that middle-aged spread under control and can assist in preventing age-related ailments like dementia.
4. You Can Beat Diabetes With Exercise
The trouble with diabetes is insulin and exercise can help to control it. When you work out, your body harvests energy from glucose, using insulin as the middle man. As a result, blood sugar levels decrease.
If there isn’t any insulin available, your muscles have a Plan B to get the glucose they need by taking it directly from your bloodstream.
Either way, exercise regulates insulin levels, preventing and reducing the symptoms and effects of diabetes.
Obesity is one of the main factors in Diabetes Type 2, so it makes sense that losing weight by exercising will help with that too.
5. Exercise Combats Cholesterol
Moderate physical activity increases the amount of good cholesterol in your blood. Losing weight reduces the amount of bad cholesterol pumping through your body. Win-win.
The good news is, you only need to do about 30 minutes of exercise per day to start seeing results.
It’s important to note that if you have any serious health condition, you should always follow the advice of your doctor when it comes to exercise.
6. Improved Immunity
While exact reasons are not known, exercise boosts your immune system. In this way, it can help to ward of common as well as serious ailments.
These include colds and flu, upper respiratory tract infections, and some cancers.
Mental Benefits of Exercise
Thankfully, exercise is pretty addictive. It sparks off an influx of serotonin in your brain which creates feelings of well-being and even euphoria.
More serotonin means a better mood, decreased anxiety and depression as well as better sleep. In fact, anti-depressants work by regulating serotonin levels in your brain.
If you decided to run around for 5 minutes right now, I guarantee you’ll feel instantly uplifted. It’s like magic and there are no side effects involved.
Your brain also benefits from all the extra oxygen wafting around in your bloodstream. This means improved concentration, better focus, and memory go hand-in-hand with regular exercise.
Depending on the type of exercise you prefer, it can also have social benefits. When you get out of the house you get to meet people and socialize with those who have common interests.
On the topic of social aspects, exercise will firm your body, especially if you’re combining it with a healthy diet. So, you’ll look better too.
Your clothes will fit better, your energy levels will increase, and you might just catch the eye of that cute guy you’ve been checking out for months.
Are You Convinced Yet?
In my experience, one of the best reasons to exercise is the sense of accomplishment you get from sharing your achievements with others.
That’s why it’s important to work towards your goals with a health coach. I’ll ensure you’re educated, safe and on track to achieve better habits and reach your goals. It’s much easier to stay motivated when you have someone on your side who acknowledges your efforts.
Get in touch and we’ll work together towards making you the best version of yourself, inside and out. Let’s do this!