Feeling depressed, tired, and having trouble with sleeping? Regular workouts can help with all these problems and many more. Having a healthy and active lifestyle is scientifically proven to impact the overall quality of our lives.
How exactly does regular physical activity help us? Why is it important for us to create a habit of moving our bodies on a daily basis? Read below to find out and get inspired to make some changes. Your body and mind will appreciate it a lot.
According to the experts, being physically active as often as you can is quite a mood-booster. Even quick daily workouts at home can do wonders for your mental health as well as your physical. Workouts are known for helping the brain cope with nervousness and anxiety by giving you a chance to vent and release the built-up tension.
Endorphine and serotonin, the “happy” hormones are released after physical activity. So, the next time you feel anxious or tense, try working out or moving your body in any way that suits you. Go for a swim, dance, or do some chores. It is hard to get up and move when you are feeling down, but it helps a lot.
To set you in the right mood, try making your own pre-workout strategies or rituals. Make yourself push a bit harder even on the days you do not feel like it. Introducing even small changes to your daily routine today will definitely pay off in the future.
Try to look at these changes and new habits as a part of a new lifestyle, not as a challenge or a quick way to “detox” or lose weight. As soon as you accept it as a new way of life for yourself, chances are way bigger that you will not come back to your old, less healthy habits.
The daily workouts will increase your blood flow, help your organs get more oxygen, and boost your metabolism. Being active also means regulating your sleep. This is quite self-explanatory. It is logical that working out and spending energy on it will make you feel more tired and sleepy than staring at the TV without moving a muscle.
The combination of you getting tired from the exercise itself and the calmness it brings after the finished workout will grant you a good night of quality sleep.
Modern times have changed our working habits in a way that the majority of us spend work hours sitting behind a desk, or a computer. Little to no physical activity and nutritiously poor foods can easily make our weight spiral out of control.
Regular exercise in addition to choosing healthier meal options can prevent excessive weight gain and improve your overall physical health. By controlling your weight to stay within the healthy range, you are also lowering the risks of developing major health problems and conditions related to excessive weight.
Diabetes, heart problems, and high blood pressure are just some of the conditions that are related to obesity, and they can lead to a whole lot more health issues.
Muscles and bones
Exercises in combination with foods rich in protein will help you build more muscle. According to nutritionist Adam Kemp, choosing a diet based on protein and healthy carbs is the right way to healthy muscle building. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Your metabolism will skyrocket, and your energy levels too.
Regular physical activity helps you make your bones denser while you are younger and therefore lower bone sensitivity that comes with old age. Regular workout is said to lower the risk of developing Osteoporosis later in life.
Digestion problems can also be resolved with more activity. By being active you are directly boosting your metabolism speed. Okay, but what does that mean? Your body requires time to process and distribute nutrients from the food you eat.
After everything is distributed properly, you have leftovers that are basically byproducts of our own metabolism. These byproducts are eliminated from the body with the help of the digestive system, urinary tract, sweating, etc.
Having a slower metabolism can slower the process of eliminating toxins and byproducts, and therefore impact your health. This can be helped by regular exercise. Faster nutrient absorption, more energy, and also no stomach problems and constipation. Pay attention to your body’s signals, it will tell you directly what is giving you digestive problems.
A combination of regular exercise and a healthy, balanced diet should go hand in hand. One without the other will not have such a huge impact. Of course, introducing one step at a time will surely make difference at some point. When all these changes slowly unite, they will help your overall health for sure.