Why Does Everyone Need Exercise?
By Sharon Irish
love it or hate it, exercise is a big part of weight loss, health, and fitness.
Think of your body as a machine that needs fuel and regular maintenance.
Food and water are your fuel and exercise is your maintenance, you need to keep doing both to keep your body working as it should and to stay healthy.
Good nutrition and exercise work together to help you be at your best, with the added bonus of helping you to lose weight.
Even if you are happy with your body and don’t want to lose weight, exercise is still very important in our everyday lives.
There are various physical and mental benefits to exercise, and I am going to go into these benefits in a little more detail below to give you a better understanding:
When you eat carbohydrates, they are broken down by your body into glycogen.
The Glycogen is then stored in your muscles and liver as fat – unless it is burned off by exercise.
By exercising, you are not allowing your body to store any excess glycogen as fat because it is being used for energy to fuel your exercise.
Therefore in theory, by exercising you should lose weight.
When you exercise regularly, your metabolism will work more efficiently.
As described above, you will be using excess glycogen as fuel and it won’t be stored as fat.
Studies revealed that when exercising, people tend to increase their muscle mass which also has an amazing effect on metabolism.
The reason for this is that muscle actually burns fat while at rest and so the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism will work.
Higher Energy Levels:
I know that sometimes I really struggle to get going and have to mentally force myself to do a workout.
I know that once I start I become more awake and seem to get more and more energy throughout my workout.
Sometimes I start off feeling like I could go to sleep but by the time I have finished my workout, I feel refreshed and have much more energy than when I started.
I often begin a workout telling myself that I will only do a short one, but end up doing a full workout as I really get into it and feel better!
You will feel weak if you aren’t doing any exercise at all, but if you start even a little you will see improvement in your strength.
Each time you exercise on a regular basis you will get stronger and will be able to go further, lift heavier and exercise for longer.
I noticed that when I started weight training, I would begin with smaller weights and gradually I felt that they weren’t heavy enough. I moved up to heavier ones because I had become stronger through my exercise routine.
Time yourself and write down your results – you may be surprised at how much you have improved over a few weeks or months.
A lot of us have jobs where we sit at a desk all day.
Sitting hunched over in a chair is really not good for your posture and can cause damage to your back.
Exercise can counteract this and help us to sit up straighter and walk taller.
Studies have shown that those who take regular exercise are much more likely to get a better night’s sleep.
It makes sense really, if you exercise and burn calories, then your body will be craving some rest.
You should therefore be able to repair and reset both your mind and body during this time and be ready for the upcoming day.
Improved Bone Density:
The amounts of calcium and other minerals in your bones count as your bone density.
If your bone density is low, you could be vulnerable to osteoporosis or brittle bone disease.
To help lower the risk and improve bone density is has been shown that high impact workouts and weight training exercises are highly beneficial.
Reduced Risk of Diabetes:
90% of diabetes sufferers have Type 2 Diabetes which is largely caused by weight gain and is linked to obesity.
Lifestyle changes including a healthy diet and exercise can treat existing cases of Type 2 Diabetes and can help to prevent it occurring.
This disease is mostly preventable and regular exercise can go a long way to keeping your risk of contracting it as low as possible.
Decreased Blood Pressure:
High blood pressure can be responsible for damage to blood vessels and other bodily organs such as the brain and heart.
There are not usually many symptoms of high blood pressure and so it could continue rising undetected with the worst case scenario being stroke or kidney failure.
Blood Pressure can be kept within healthy levels by having a regular exercise routine and keeping to a healthy diet.
Are there any other reasons we should exercise regularly?
What are the Mental Benefits of Exercise?
The question, “why does everyone need exercise?” has been answered above with the physical benefits of exercise, but it doesn’t end there.
There are also many mental benefits of exercise which can continue to help us in our daily lives.
The image below shows how there is a continuous cycle of benefits to our mental health which can be directly linked to exercise:
Firstly, exercise relieves stress and as a consequence your mood will generally be lifted.
Because your mood has been lifted, it can contribute to the treatment of mild depression.
Stress relief and lifting your mood helps to build confidence and boost self esteem which can help to lift mild depression even more, leading to an improvement in your sleep.
Improved sleep can help to relieve stress and the cycle continues.
The more you exercise, the more you will benefit from it both mentally and physically, leading to a healthier and happier you!
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