We all know that being a couch potato isn’t the best way to go through life, but sometimes getting off the couch and getting the blood pumping seems easier said than done. At times, exhaustion is a real symptom of modern living… but whether you’re just curious about what your exercise regime is doing for you, or you need a pep talk to jump start you out of a sedentary lifestyle, we’re here to help.
Sometimes finding the right type of exercise for you can be the main challenge. Will yoga be the one? Perhaps a regular jog around the park suits you better… or a road bike might be just the thing to get you into the swing of things. Whatever your preferred method, know that staying active has a wealth of benefits for the body and mind - so it’s well worth the effort.
Here are the main benefits of staying active:
Not many of us are over the moon when the extra pounds creep on. When we don’t do anything to combat them, they stick around for the long haul and we just accept them as inevitable. Yet the feeling of being light on your feet, energized and capable of physical feats is unbeatable, so don’t settle for less.
Even a small amount of regular physical activity can ward off the flab and cultivate some killer abs. Whether you’re into body sculpting, cardiovascular workouts, or are simply concerned with a healthy BMI, it makes sense to stay active. Burning off the calories keeps you looking fit and feeling strong – and from a psychological point of view, you’re bound to feel better about yourself too.
Imagine: no more hyperventilating after running for the bus, nor panting after lugging the groceries into the house… wouldn’t it be cool to be able to take the stairs two at a time with ease? These victories may be small, but they’re victories nonetheless. Since muscle strength and stamina are improved with regular exercise, life becomes a breeze.
Disease is no joke. It might seem like it’s something that happens to other people, but unless you have the constitution of a Greek God, that’s probably an illusion. Staying active regularly does more for your body than just honing your muscles. When you’re active, your blood receives lots more oxygen so you feel more alive, plus your tissues get more vital nutrients.
Your organs can benefit greatly too; the likelihood of cardiovascular disease is significantly reduced, as are your chances of stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and plenty of other unpalatable conditions.
What’s more, those who workout regularly will be less likely to get depressed and anxious, since exercise releases those all-important endorphins (brain chemicals) that boost your mood. Cognitive function is also improved, so technically, staying active makes you feel smarter and sharper. What’s not to like?
There’s nothing worse than tossing and turning throughout the night and waking up devoid of energy and motivation for the day. Running on empty can affect your productivity, mood and physical capabilities, so put paid to these depressing possibilities by ensuring you exercise as regularly as you can.
When you put your body through a few regular physical activities, you use up the energy in your system. This means there’s a much higher chance of falling straight to sleep when your head hits the pillow - and that you’ll stay asleep rather than fidgeting around and waking frequently.
Deep sleep is incredibly healing, and exercise will help you achieve it. Note that exercising tends to energize you for a few hours afterwards, so don’t do it too late in the evening or it will have the opposite effect.
As mentioned, exercise improves your mental state and mood, but that’s not all. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people too. If you join a class or club for a sporting interest of some kind, you’ll probably meet people who are into the same sorts of things; yoga, martial arts, snowboarding, surfing, golfing… whatever floats your boat. If you’re lacking peers who think similarly, staying active is a great way to meet a few new friends.
Team activities build camaraderie, and you’ll find yourself looking forward to that weekly session for more reasons than just the endorphins and washboard stomach. It always helps to keep activities varied, so why not sign up for more than just one? There’s plenty of fun (and self-esteem) to be had in mastering new pursuits and finding out what you’re really made of.
The bottom line is that only 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, or just 75 minutes of more strenuous activity is enough to bring about the benefits we mentioned above. Why stop there though? Staying active regularly can literally turn your life around, so aim for at least 300 minutes if you want to be your best self.
There’s one last thing we feel is worth a mention: we all want to look good while working out, and there’s something about dressing up for the activity that inspires you to get out the door in the first place. We are betting that you’ll love our new sporting apparel range, which is designed to help you look your absolute best during workouts… so don’t forget to sign up for updates!
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