Weight Loss & Exercise is and has been for a long time a hot topic.
There is messaging all around us that speaks to the importance of regular exercise. However, for most people, looking like the magazines’ models doesn’t seem realistic or even necessary. Many people don’t realize that regular exercise is about more than just how it makes them look. Regular exercise can lead to a happier and healthier life, even if your clothing size doesn’t change.
Regular Activity Impacts Your Mental Health
One of the biggest things that regular exercise can do for you is to boost your mood. Studies have shown that engaging in regular physical activity can relieve depression, anxiety, and anger. Additionally, regular exercise can lead to a boost in self-confidence and self-esteem.
Regular Activity and Your Physical Health
One of the most apparent benefits of regular activity is weight loss. Weight loss & exercise seem to be tied together. However, even if you don’t need to lose weight, regular exercise can still positively impact your physical health.
Our sedentary lifestyles usually include minimal exercise. This sedentary lifestyle can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. You will also slowly lose strength in your body.
There is an old saying that says, “you don’t stop moving from growing old. You grow old from stopping moving,” and it’s true. Exercise increases your muscle strength and allows you to do other physical activities.
Additionally, being more active can benefit you in the following ways.
- – Reducing blood pressure
- – Improve levels of good cholesterol
- – Promote blood flow (circulation)
- – Help to keep the bodyweight under control
- – Prevent bone loss, which can lead to the onset of osteoporosis
Sleep and Regular Activity
One common excuse that people use not to exercise is that they are tired or didn’t sleep well the night before. If this is you, this is all the more reason to push through feeling tired and get some physical activity in. Getting regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and have a better quality of sleep and a deeper sleep.
How Much Regular Activity Should You Be Getting?
The recommendation for most healthy adults is for a minimum of one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate activity. If you do vigorous exercise for seventy-five minutes, that is enough.
This much exercise will move you from a couch potato to a slightly active person. Not great, but at least your blood will be moving a little.
Remember, you don’t have to do them all at the same time. Health experts recommend that you do the exercise spread over a week. One hundred fifty minutes a week works out to a little more than 20 minutes a day, which is a perfect length of time for a daily walk.
Yes, even small amounts
Even small amounts of physical activity throughout the day can lead to significant benefits. You can take the stairs instead of the elevator or not too far walk instead of drive.
For someone looking to get more benefits from exercises, such as weight loss or other specific fitness goals, you can increase your moderate activities to three hundred minutes or more a week.
Weight loss & exercise can become life-changing. Just by increasing your exercise time you can start a slow loss of weight and start sleeping better.
Getting regular exercise doesn’t have to be challenging to fit into your day. You don’t need to go all out with equipment, classes, or gym memberships.
You can do whatever suits you best. Take a dance class, go for walks with friends, or join a sports team. Small changes in your lifestyle can add up to significant changes in how much healthier you feel.
I have learned to enjoy riding my bike to church instead of driving the two miles each way. You can find many different ways to get a little more exercise.