Have you ever wondered how exercise actually benefits you? I have, and here is what I’ve found!You’ve heard it all before, exercise is good for you, it can help you lose weight, it reduces stress, it makes you feel good, blah, blah, blah, but what people forget is it reduces the risk of getting type-2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular-related diseases.
30 minutes of physical activity a day can affect our lives in extraordinary ways. Physical activity can improve the longevity of your life. Exercise keeps you physically and mentally young.
It is all good telling you the benefits of exercising and having a regular fitness routine, but, what no one tells you is how hard it is to start! And it is hard. I won’t lie to you. All good things worth doing are usually hard. So, I’m here to tell you in the words of Shia Labeouf to just do it! It will change your life!
A Few Benefits;
• You can control your weight
• You can lower the risk of type-2 diabetes
• You can strengthen your mind and body
• You can feel better (more energy, better relaxation, less stressed)
Words of Wisdom
Controlling the weight
Physical activity regulates weight control as it uses excess calories consumed which would otherwise transform into fat. Calories are human gasoline – it’s what makes us go. Everything you do uses calories – sleeping, walking, breathing, eating, and digesting food all use calories.
An average man needs roughly 2,500kcal and an average woman needs roughly 2,000kcal.
Calories in Food > Calories Used = Weight Gain
Calories in Food < Calories Used = Weight Loss
Calories in Food = Calories Used = Weight Control
What is type-2 diabetes? Type-2 diabetes is a common condition that causes glucose levels in the blood to become too high.
Physical activity makes it easier to control your blood glucose levels. How do you ask? Let me tell you. When you exercise your muscles in your body uses glucose without needing insulin.
Exercise might actually be more effective if you are insulin resistant – can you believe that? When you exercise your insulin levels naturally go down allowing your cells to use the glucose more effectively.
If you struggle with type-2 diabetes, it can be hard to want to exercise, so try engaging in something you enjoy likey Tennis, Walking, Swimming etc.
You got brains & a body!
Ever had a stressful day? I know, I have!
Have you ever noticed how you feel when you are stressed? You have? Me too! You feel stiff, your muscles have contracted, everything aches and you feel tightness and a pounding in your chest. Other symptoms you may have experienced could be insomnia, diarrhoea, heartburn and other unpleasant conditions.
When you exercise you enable your mind and body to become stronger. Exercising releases endorphins in your brain and relieves tension which makes you feel better mentally and physically.
Anything that gets your heart rate up and stimulates the production of endorphins increases energy levels.
Exercising produces ‘nature’s painkiller’ – Runner’s High. Runner’s high is a psychological condition where runner’s feel like king’s without any discomfort. This effect has long been associated with the production of endorphins.
This condition has been said to feel like living on cloud 9. It is associated with drug highs, sexual activity, food and much more.
When you exercise, neurotransmitters send signals around your body to better respond to stressors.
Before you begin, choose something you enjoy. If you choose something you don’t enjoy, you won’t stick to it!
Remember to always step in da groove n’ move.