Apart from getting in shape, how can exercise improve your life? We should all exercise, we know that, but we’re not as exposed to all the benefits of staying in shape as we should be. If you want to feel better, have more energy, sleep better, add years to your life— exercise. First we’ll show you the health benefits of exercise then the different ways you can start your path to a healthier life.
- Exercise can help you control your weight. Exercise plays the key role, along with a healthy diet, in keeping- or taking you to- your desired weight. The calculation to lose weight is simple: burn more calories than you consume, right? An easy and calculated way to achieve this is to workout daily to ensure the calories you burn exceed the ones you consume.
- Exercise improves your mental health and mood. During exercise, your body releases chemicals that can improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed. This can help you deal with stress and reduce your risk of depression.
- Exercise improves your sex life. Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can improve energy levels and increase your confidence about your physical appearance, which may boost your sex life. It is scientifically proven that regular physical activity may enhance arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don't exercise
- Exercise boosts your energy. Exercise stimulates your body to release proteins and other chemicals that improve the structure and function of your brain. Regular physical activity also can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise helps your body move oxygen throughout your body to help keep up the energy levels needed for exercise, thus increasing your overall energy.
- Exercise improves your sleep. To us, the most important part. Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster, get better sleep and deepen your sleep. Just don't exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to go to sleep. If you’re a college student, a really great way to improve your sleep is to add a Bedly Strap to your mattress for a guaranteed good night sleep.
Ok so, let’s recap. You should now be 100% convinced that exercise is good for you, right? Now let’s move on to the two main different ways to exercise. You can choose one, or both— there’s no magic formula, our recommendation is to do the one you enjoy the most!
- Aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise provides cardiovascular conditioning. The term aerobic actually means "with oxygen," which means that breathing controls the amount of oxygen that can make it to the muscles to help them burn fuel and move. Examples of it are:
- Using an elliptical trainer.
- Jump rope
- Strength training. Do strength training exercises for all major muscle groups at least two times a week. Aim to do a single set of each exercise using a weight or resistance level heavy enough to tire your muscles after about 12 to 15 repetitions.Strength training can help you manage or lose weight, and it can increase your metabolism to help you burn more calories.