Marcus here from Active Monthly.
Since we are great advocates of exercise and an active lifestyle.
We are here to let you know the top FIVE benefits of working out.
- BOOSTS YOUR MOOD
Our mood and our emotions are so immensely important to us and can have a major influence on our quality of life. Exercise boosts dopamine production in the brain – a neurotransmitter related with feelings of happiness and pleasure.
Additionally, serotonin – a chemical that regulates mood, appetite and sleep/wake cycles is released in great quantities.
The best exercise to increase levels of serotonin is aerobic exercises such as cycling and running. Moreover, the optimum amount of exercise to develop serotonin levels is 30 minute a day 6 days a week to maintain consistent levels throughout the week. (Source: Livestrong com)
Endorphins are also released during exercise; the body’s natural pain medication hormone. They improve mood as well as other factors such as sleep and memory.
- CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
Aerobic exercise increases the size and strength of your heart and the efficiency at which it can pump blood around the body, improving a person’s endurance.
Furthermore, these types of exercise will increase the size of a person’s lungs and the amount of oxygen which can be taken into the body.
- STRENGTHEN YOUR BODY
Exercise will increase your muscles' strength, size, power and endurance. This also includes the strengthening of bones and increasing their density. Strengthening of the lower body (calves, glutes, ankles) will develop a person’s balance.
Regular muscle building sessions/workouts are advised around twice a week. (Source: NHS).
The combination of regular strength training and nutrition will create hypertrophy in the muscle, this is the process causing muscles to become stronger (muscle cells are replaced as you rest).
- STRONGER IMMUNE SYSTEM
Moderate levels of exercise on a weekly basis will flush bacteria from lungs and airways and increase the circulation of antibodies and white blood cells. This rapid circulation improves the body’s ability to combat viruses.
In fact, people who are active at least 45 minutes per day have a 25-50% decrease in the amount of time they experience illness.
It is also believed that rises in body temperature experienced during experience may have a role to play in preventing the growth of bacteria.
Furthermore, regular exercise reduces the release of stress related hormones, and therefore reduces the chance of experiencing stress-related illnesses.
- BOOSTS SELF-ESTEEM
Exercise can make us feel great about ourselves, improve our self-image, appearance and physique.
Thanks to the release of endorphins and “happy chemicals”; exercise can also diminish symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as improve mental health.
The sense of achievement from pursuing and completing your goal is also a significant “feel-good” factor as well as the improvement in mental attitude that results from succeeding in your fitness goal.