Now we all know that exercise is good for the mind, body & soul. With that being said a large percentage of us still neglect this and don’t get in the recommended exercise each week. I’m going to detail 5 of the best reasons you should be exercising more and they aren’t all points that come straight to mind. Exercise doesn’t have to be going to the gym and pumping weights or running a 5k as fast as you possibly can. It is about moving your body! Walking your dog counts as exercise, playing tennis or going to a Zumba class. So when you read this I don’t just want you think that I’m referring to exercise as weightlifting or HIIT classes. Now let’s dive into my 5 top reasons for exercise improving your health.

Feel more energised 

When taking part in physical activity, the blood vessels that go to your muscles dilate, causing an increase in blood flow and oxygen to the working muscles. This, along with a temporary increase in your metabolic rate, causes you to feel more energised. This “burst of energy” not only occurs during exercise, but also after you exercise. For example, working out in the morning or afternoon will cause you to feel energised throughout the day. Even if you are an evening exerciser, you will still burn just as many calories and feel better.


Improve overall appearance

Not only can exercise help you feel better, but it will help you look better as well. Along with eating a healthy diet and utilising effective stress management, you can look your best by losing excess weight. Leaving you feeling more confident in yourself. Now the best bit about losing weight is that you may just need a new wardrobe. Like anybody needs an excuse to go shopping but this is one. Your old clothes may start hanging off of you so go out there and treat yourself to some new clothes that shows off that new figure you’ve worked hard for.


It Is Good for Your Muscles and Bones

Exercise plays a vital role in building and maintaining strong muscles and bones. Physical activity like weight lifting can stimulate muscle building when paired with adequate protein intake. This is because exercise helps release hormones that promote the ability of your muscles to absorb amino acids. This helps them grow and reduces their breakdown. As people age, they tend to lose muscle mass and function, which can lead to injuries and disabilities. Practicing regular physical activity is essential to reducing muscle loss and maintaining strength as you age.  Also, exercise helps build bone density when you’re younger, in addition to helping prevent osteoporosis later in life.


It Can Help Your Brain Health and Memory

Exercise can improve brain function and protect memory and thinking skills. To begin with, it increases your heart rate, which promotes the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain. It can also stimulate the production of hormones that can enhance the growth of brain cells. Furthermore, the ability of exercise to prevent chronic disease can translate into benefits for your brain, since its function can be affected by these diseases. Regular physical activity is especially important in older adults since ageing combined with oxidative stress and inflammation, promotes changes in brain structure and function.


It Can Promote a Better Sex Life

Exercise has been proven to boost sex drive. Engaging in regular exercise can strengthen the cardiovascular system, improve blood circulation, tone muscles and enhance flexibility, all of which can improve your sex life. Physical activity can improve sexual performance and sexual pleasure, as well as increase the frequency of sexual activity. Now who doesn’t want to improve their sex life?


If these 5 points weren’t enough to get you to thinking about exercising again then head over to my Instagram for some added motivation. Alternatively if you’ve got any questions about this blog or in need of a trainer then please drop me an email at aimeevictorialong@icloud.com and I’d be more than happy to help in anyway I can.


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