How does exercising help in our daily living?

We’ve always been hearing about exercises and their various benefits. But sadly, not many of us know the exact benefits of exercising. Regularly exercising keeps all the organs of your body healthy and in their optimum state, thereby reducing even the slightest chance of contracting any disease.

In this article, seven major benefits of exercising have been highlighted to inspire you to take action and start an exercising regime as soon as possible for your health benefits.

(1) Weight Loss & Control

By being involved in a physical activity every day, helps an individual to burn calories in the body. The more calories one burns, the healthier his/her body gets. Exercising not only helps you in losing weight but also in maintaining a perfect weight as well.

To maintain a proper weight after losing the extras, consistency must be maintained in the exercise routine; else you might put on that extra weight sooner than you could expect. If you can’t find time to exercise anymore, do any regular physical activity every day like taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

(2) Enhancement of Mood

With all of the stress that we receive from work, we need to feel uplifted every day; not just on the weekends. Exercising every day will surely enhance our moods to a substantial extent. Sometimes you’ll feel joy, happiness, peace, and elation for no reason.

When we are in a good mood, our body shifts into a better vibration wherein it stays healthy automatically. Ask any qualified doctor about the relationship between stress and health, and you’ll soon realize how important it is to be happy all the time.

(3) Elevated Energy

Have you ever wondered why a little stroll to the grocery store makes you tired? Or have you ever wondered why playing with kids in the park for just a half-hour makes you exhausted while the kids are super energized? The simple answer is: ‘lack of exercise.’

Have you ever noticed that if you don’t use any piece of electronic equipment for a prolonged time, its functions get hampered? Your body also gets “hampered” if it is not given enough exercise.

(4) Reduction in Anxiety

It has already been pointed out above that a regular exercise regimen can uplift your mood and keep you happy at all times. But do you know that it can also help you stay out of anxiety? Believe it or not, excessive anxiety can break your body down.

Exercising creates new and exciting neurons along with other sets of neurons that emit the GABA neurotransmitter. The calming effect is experienced by the body when the GABA neurotransmitters are involved in the heavy neural firing, producing a natural calm in the body.

(5) Sound Sleep

Sleep is another factor which determines the status of your health. Lack of sleep produces a plethora of diseases in the body. People who don’t exercise develop unhealthy sleeping cycles.

Regular exercising, on the other hand, promotes better sleep. You’ll sleep better and deeper when you’re involved in regular everyday exercise routines. A good sleep develops a fresh mind, and a fresh mind achieves any goal that comes in front of it.

(6) Strengthening of Brian

Exercising results in an increased blood flow in our body. This increment in the blood flow rate helps the brain to act promptly, stay active and more focused. You develop a deep focus after a workout session.

Increased blood flow in the body helps the brain to work at its optimum level. This happens because more nerve cells get multiplied; their interconnection gets stronger, and their resistance levels also increase in protecting the brain from any harm.

(7) Best Preventive Medicine

You must have heard the old adage: “Prevention is better than cure.” Exercise is the best preventive drug that we have available to us. Using this natural healing phenomenon; anyone can reap the rewards of ‘perfect health.’

Studies have confirmed that regular exercising can help in preventing the body against diseases such as stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, asthma, dementia, etc. Exercising also reduces the rate of aging, helping you stay younger for years.

Conclusion

So, now you have with you a list of seven major benefits of exercising regularly. Getting involved in physical activities on a regular basis helps you feel better, stronger, and healthier. What more do you want from your lifestyle?

Make it a point to dedicate at least 150 minutes every week for medium level exercises, and 75 minutes every week for advanced workout sessions. If you can, then also take out some extra time during the week for other physical activities like swimming, cycling, running, etc. One last piece of advice: if you haven’t exercised in a very long time, then go for a medical checkup first and ask your doctor which exercises will be the most beneficial to you.

How to Motivate Yourself for Fitness

Are you looking forward to making your weekly spin sessions or strength classes a regular ritual? Many exercisers often want to exercise more but they rarely get that workout motivation that will enable them make fitness to be part of their normal day routines. Fortunately, psychologists and economists have been able to discover what can motivate exercisers to keep exercising regularly. If you want to get motivation for regular exercise, you could try the following tips.

Reward Yourself

reward-yourselfMost people engaging in fitness programs often have vague fitness goals such as weight control or better health. This may not always be a source of motivation. According to one leading fitness expert the benefits of working out should be tangible. For instance, you could treat yourself to your favorite smoothie or to a movie at the end of every month. A tangible reward is very powerful in fitness motivation because this will trigger your brain to believe that exercising should be a good routine because of the reward that follows.

By rewarding yourself, you should be able to motivate yourself to at least work out thrice a week. Creating a habit loop will trigger the behavior associated with the routine which eventually results in a reward. This increases the chances of a routine becoming a habit. As time goes, the motivation becomes extrinsic because the brain starts to associate pain and sweat. This results in a surge of endorphins (these are the feel good hormones that the brain releases). The endorphins will then propel you to be exercising frequently. Once your brain has been trained to recognize that the greatest reward is the workout itself, the treat won’t even be required any longer.

Sign a Contract Committing Yourself

sign-a-contract-with-yourselfYou can make promises to yourself every day, but research has shown that you will most likely follow through your promises with a pledge if you make them at the presence of your friends or close family members. You could for instance, sign a commitment contract saying that if you are not going to exercise at least three times a week, you are going to get fined $20. According a health decision science professor at Stanford University, this commitment will go a long way in ensuring that you stick to your exercising routine. An example of commitment is, ‘I will be exercising thrice a week, and I promise to pay my pal $20 if I won’t honor this promise’. This will trigger your brain to prepare itself for regular exercise. In order to be fit and healthy you have to overcome the initial displeasure experience so that you recognize the long term exercising benefits.

The Power of Positive Thinking

positive-thinkingIn order to get motivation for your exercising, you need to think positively. You have to keep visualizing the long term benefits of exercising as opposed to seeing the displeasures associated with it during the initial stages. For instance, when you decide to wake in the morning and go running, you should be able to visualize how beautiful it will be experiencing sunrise as you run in the woodlands or the footpaths, or how awesome you will look in a afit body. With positive thinking, once you imagine an obstacle, you brain will automatically figure out ways of overcoming it. For you to actualize the dream of having a well toned body, you should accompany these feel-good fantasies with realistic methods of problem solving. Once you have identified your wish, be it a good looking body or a good body mass index, you have to figure out what holds you back. This is called mental contrasting. Are you too tired to exercise after work? Once you picture this obstacle, you will be able to come up with a working formula, for instance, you could switch to working out in the morning or during lunch hours.

Surround Yourself with Supportive People

surround-yourself-with-positive-peopleLook at your close acquaintances. If you aren’t exercising yet, chances are high that you are surrounded by people who are not fitness oriented. For you to succeed in exercising you should have close and supportive fitness oriented people who share the same your fitness goals. The best way of exercising is to have a training partner. A training partner will be there for you to talk about the good and the bad, the negative and the positive. If you surround yourself with inactive people, they will not be able to understand your experience, and therefore, they will offer little or no motivation at all.

For you to succeed in exercising, you just need to begin the routine and know that as you progress, things will get better. The biggest obstacle to any exercising routine is to start. The moment you start, you will have overcome the biggest obstacle. Starting will put you in motion and create momentum that will guide you to the finish line. By following these tips of getting motivation to exercise, you should be able to begin.