Make Fitness A Part Of Your Life
You know exercise is good for you — but do you know how good? From lowering your risk of obesity to increasing your energy levels and boosting your mood, the merits of regular physical activity are hard to ignore. Being physically active isn’t only beneficial for the way you look; it’s healthy for your bones, your cardiovascular system, your respiratory system, your brain, and even your emotional state.
Read on as we list some of the top reasons to make fitness a part of your life.
Why Is Physical Activity Such a Big Deal?
Regular exercise and physical activity are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent as you age. Exercise has also been shown to improve memory and mental ability and is believed by experts to be vital for maintaining desired brain function as we get grow older. Regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce long-term health benefits. That’s why health experts say that older adults should be active every day to maintain their health.
- Improve your mood. Need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A brisk 30-minute run or a workout in a TRX Suspension Training Class can help you calm down. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You’ll also look better and feel better when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self esteem. Regular physical activity can even help prevent depression.
- Combat chronic diseases. Worried about heart disease? Want to prevent osteoporosis? Physical activity might be the ticket. Regular physical activity can help you prevent (or manage) high blood pressure. Your cholesterol will benefit, too. Regular physical activity boosts “good” cholesterol while decreasing triglycerides. And there’s more: regular physical activity can help you prevent type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer.
- Manage your weight. Want to drop those excess pounds? Trade your couch time for TRX time. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the exercise, the more calories you burn, and the easier it is to keep your weight under control. And while dedicated workouts are great, physical activity you accumulate throughout the day (stairs vs elevator, a brisk lunchtime walk) helps you burn calories, too.
- Boost your energy level. Regular physical activity can leave you breathing easier. Physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. In fact, regular physical activity helps your entire cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you’ll have more energy to do the things you enjoy.
- Get a good night’s sleep. A good night’s sleep can improve your concentration, productivity and mood, and what promotes a good night’s sleep? You guessed it: physical activity. Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. There’s one caveat, however. If you exercise close to bedtime, you may be too energized to fall asleep, so try to exercise earlier in the day.
The benefits of fitness are yours for the taking, regardless of age, gender or physical ability, so get out there and get physical! There are a million different ways you can incorporate fitness into your life. Check out a local Fitness Studio, take a TRX or Spinning Class. Many Personal Trainers offer Boot Camp Training Classes.
If you’re already active, keep it up. It may even be time to push yourself a little harder, try a new activity, take a group fitness class, or find new ways to add exercise to your daily life.
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Don’t worry if you’ve never exercised, or if you stopped exercising for some reason. Let us help you get moving. The type of activity is irrelevant. All that matters is you’re moving!