For some people, part and parcel of their day is finding time to work out, or at least exercise in some way and if they miss even a couple of sessions in a week, they feel sluggish, lethargic, and demotivated.
For others however, the mere thought of donning a pair of Lycra leggings and spending an hour sweating on a machine at the gym is nightmarish and if you fall into this category too, then you need to know that gyms are not the only place to do physical exercise.
That said, here’s a simple guide to the incredible benefits of physical exercise.
A Natural Mood Booster
First and foremost, one of the overarching advantages of exercising more regularly is that it can help boost your mood and even stave off feelings of low mood too.
Obviously, if you’ve been diagnosed with major depressive disorder, even if you exercise for hours each and every day, this alone will not be a successful long-term treatment, however it may well boost your thoughts enough for you to feel a little better in the moment.
Incentives & Rewards
If the huge increase in your physical stamina and energy levels isn’t enough to make you see that regular exercise is a great addition to your daily routine, you should also consider the possibility of customized rewards as an incentive too.
You could invest in a health and wellness credit card, which easily and seamlessly links to your smartphone and/or tablet and your various fitness applications to release financial rewards which you can redeem at your favorite online stores.
A Healthy Heart
Exercise is the best way to look after your heart and helps improve blood flow and blood circulation. As well as being beneficial for your heart, regular physical exercise can also manage, or in some cases even prevent, the following health issues, to name just a few:
- Different types of cancer
- Trips & falls
- Metabolic syndrome
- Type 2 diabetes
The more focus you give to looking after your heart, the more likely it is that you’ll live a longer, healthier, and therefore, happier, life.
A Better Night’s Sleep
Not only does exercise benefit your body in the ways discussed in detail above but, perhaps logically, the more physical movement you experience throughout the day, the longer you will sleep for and the more rested you will be the next day.
Aside from exercise, there are numerous other proven-to-be effective ways of improving both the quality and the duration of your sleep, such as spending more time outside in natural light and stopping using your smartphone and tablet before bed.
Other effective methods that serve to improve the general quality of your sleep include avoiding caffeine and cheese after eight o’clock at night, resisting the urge to have a nap during the day, going to bed at the same time every night to train your body, and hanging blackout drapes in the windows.