We all know exercise is a great way to lose weight and stay healthy. It is one of the most important factors influencing cardiac well-being and pulmonary capacity. In a few words, exercise keeps your heart pumping and your lungs breathing appropriately. But there’s much more to exercise and it can help you achieve important results when you are trying to improve your digestive health and circulatory system, too. Exercising increases the blood flow to your brain, it helps your blood circulate more efficiently, burns fat and so much more, but how much of a benefit can you receive from exercising and is there such a thing as too much?
As technology advances our lifestyle tends to change with it, and that also means we are becoming busier than ever before. Because of the time we save thanks to technology we are starting to fill our day with activities we would have never had time before. Today young people have to juggle college, jobs, a complete social life and much more. Parallel to that, adults are trying to manage even more, including a family, children’s activities, relationships and marriages, jobs and a myriad of other responsibilities, leaving little to no time for exercise, and suddenly, one of what should be a person’s most important daily action is relegated to the back burner.
It is because of this that the rate of obesity is increasing at an alarming rate, diabetes is at an all-time high and motivation is at an all-time low. Every time we step on a scale we promise tomorrow is the day we start exercising, but when the sun comes up and real life takes over we once again find that we didn’t make the time to focus on our health. Keep in mind that if you’ve never followed an exercise program before, or it has been a while since you last did, or even if you have a pre-existing condition, the best thing to do before getting started is to ask your health care provider which is the best way for you to incorporate exercise into your daily life, even if it’s only a 30 minute walk.
Benefits that pay off in the long run
Some of the most important benefits exercise can provide are:
- Exercise makes you stronger, healthier, and gives your self-esteem a boost.
- Exercise will make you feel more energetic which helps you increase your activity level naturally.
- Exercise helps you become more flexible and mobile; once you get started you will start noticing that you can now walk faster, for a longer period of time and a bigger distance than before. These changes come on gradually, but they do come.
- Exercise helps relieve stress and sleep disorders. It helps you sleep better and when you wake up it will also make you feel refreshed and relaxed.
- Exercise helps to increase your metabolic rate, which will lead to weight loss and less storage of fat.
- In the same way it helps relieve stress, exercise can also serve as a way to control your anger. Nothing works best at releasing tension than exercising for a good 30 minutes and if you are angry, all those negative feelings will leave your organism without becoming bottled up inside you.
Don’t overdo it.
When you are starting to consider adding an exercise routine to your day, from a simple walk in the park to a full-fledged stint at the gym, you may have to keep in mind that there really is too much exercise. The main goal of exercising is to help you feel good and become healthier, but starting out too fast or doing too much without the proper preparation can lead to injuries and in some cases permanent damage.
Because of this it is important to talk to a professional before starting out and making sure you are going about it the right way. If you are joining a gym, speak to the trainer, he or she is knowledgeable in what may be the best route for you to take. It is also imperative that if you have cardiac or circulatory issues that you speak to your physician for the correct approach to adding exercise to your daily life, because in the end, you are looking for the benefits it can provide to your health, without making it feel like you are training for the next summer Olympics.
Some of the best ways to get started on your new routine without losing motivation include exercising with a friend; this can stimulate healthy competition for both of you while ensuring you both receive the optimal health benefits from your activity. Remember, if you are out of shape, there is no need for you to run a marathon just yet. Start out slowly and work your way up to a higher goal each week. Finally, make sure you enjoy the activity you have selected and turn it into a fun activity by adding music and different challenges to keep yourself motivated to go on.