Do you like to exercise or are you exercising only to control your weight?
You might have heard lots of times that exercise is good for you. But you probably underestimate the health benefits of being active regularly.
“There is no pill that comes close to what exercise can do. And if there was one, it would be extremely expensive”, says Claude Bouchard, the director of the human genomics laboratory.
What are the health benefits of regular exercise?
Here are the top 7 benefits that might help your body and your mind.
Help you to feel happier
Strengthen your muscles and bones
Make your skin look younger
Reduce the risk of disease
Boost your energy levels
Increase your brain health and memory
Help you relax and sleep better
How do you make exercise a regular routine?
These are little tips that might help you keep to your routine.
- Small activity is better than nothing
If you don’t have time for 20-40 minutes of exercise, or you don’t have the energy for it, don’t feel disheartened. Remember, the more exercise you do, the more energy you will get.
Start with 5-10 minutes sessions and slowly increase the time. Make a small change to your everyday activities, like take the stairs instead of the elevator, or park further from your destination.
- Find the right activities for you
Exercise can be any physical activity that makes your body burn calories, including walking, swimming, dancing, hiking. Find the one you like to do and can do even when the weather is bad.
- Track your progress but don’t expect results straight away
There are heaps of apps that can help you set goals and track your activities. Remember, it takes time to see your improvement.
- Workout with friends and family
Finding a workout partner might help you enjoy exercise more. If you’d like to exercise with someone, ask your friends and family. You can even join an exercise group or class.
- Make it fun!
The best way to keep a routine is make it fun! Exercise while you listening to music or workout while watching tv. You may enjoy trying a combination of activities.
Exercise goes beyond controlling weight. It benefits your body and mind in many ways. Why not make the first step to a simple routine and start to experience these benefits for yourself.