We’ve been told time and time again how we can all benefit from exercise. From a slimmer waistline, clearer skin and boosting self-confidence etc. However, I bet you HAVEN’T considered these 4 reasons to get moving!
A Better Night’s Sleep:
Exercise helps us to relieve stress and tires us out physically, both of which help to promote sleep. While sleep itself is crucial to good health and mental performance, many of us simply do not get enough of it. Our body temperature naturally decreases in the evening which is a trigger, signalling the body that it’s time to sleep. After 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, this decreases our body temperature lower than if you hadn’t exercised. This lower body temperature is what helps you sleep better.
Stress Buster:
Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever because being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries. According to the NHS, studies show that people who exercise every day reduce their risk of anxiety and stress levels by more than a whooping 40%!!
Metabolism Boosting:
To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, it is essential to combine a balanced diet with regular exercise. Not only do you burn calories during your workout, but regular cardiovascular activity can help raise your metabolism even up to 24hours after you’re workout! Strength training is also key, as muscle burns more calories than fat even while at rest, so by increasing your muscle mass; you’re effectively increasing the number of calories
Achievement:
However small your fitness goal is, there is nothing more satisfying than a sense of accomplishment. To run 3k? Adding a higher weight in your workout? Or pushing yourself harder in your next class? No matter what it is, there’s nothing better than feeling the pride that comes with achieving!