So you might ask what is the point of exercise??
Some people love exercise and consider it a fun activity and other people hate the hustle… but undoubtedly exercise is good for us and here are some reasons to get you motivated to start exercising:
- Exercise helps to control weight
Exercise burns calories and the more we exercise the more calories we burn. Exercise also increases our metabolic rate by increasing muscle mass which will help you burn more calories.
- Exercise increases the happy hormones
Exercise has been shown to elevate our mood and increase our self esteem. When we exercise our nervous system releases endorphins which is called “happy hormones”. So exercise makes us feel good.
- Exercise makes us sleep better
Strong evidence suggests that exercise improves sleep quality. Exercise will help you fall asleep easier and stay asleep.
- Exercise prevents diseases
This is a very important reason to exercise: IT PREVENTS DISEASES!!! Exercise increases the immune system and increases our quality of life. Exercise has been proven to prevent lifestyle diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. It helps to lower cholesterol, prevents onset of osteoporosis by increasing bone density and muscle mass. Exercise to help prevent a wide variety of diseases.
- Exercise helps to decrease stress
Something we can’t live without these days, because our busy life: STRESS.
Exercise helps by clearing your mind, it reduces anxiety and helps us to release pent up frustration. Research has shown that exercise can help to prevent depression and alleviate it. Exercise can also help with tensed muscles caused by stressed.
So what type of exercise do I need to do and how much?
According to the WHO (World Health Organization) adults need 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week and muscle strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
What do I recommend? To just start. Even if it is by just being more active during the day.
Take the stairs instead of the lift. Park your car further away from the shopping mall. Park at one end of the mall and walk through to the other end. Take the dog for a walk.
You can invest in a skipping rope, do lunges, squats, sit ups etc at home.
Remember everyone that is strong and fit had to start somewhere. So take the courage and just start. Yes you may be slow at first but if you are consistent and persevere you will definitely see progress and maybe be running your first 5 or 10km or ding a Warrior race.