Exercise should be a part of your weekly routine, and if you aren’t convinced, here’s the low down on why you need to get your heart rate up.
Get ahead of the game. Not only can exercise help with health conditions that may currently be affecting you, but it can also prevent conditions ahead of you. Without exercising, your risk of dying at a younger age from heart disease or other similar ailments is much higher. However, starting an exercise routine three days a week can do wonders for your health. It will lower your blood pressure, relieve joint and muscle pain, and even strengthen your bones. It lowers your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes. It also reduces symptoms of insomnia. By dedicating part of your daily routine to exercise, you’re reducing your risk of health conditions and diseases — setting yourself up for a longer, more enjoyable life.
Happy and healthy. Have you ever wondered how some of your coworkers get up at 5 a.m. to exercise, and still walk into the office bright-eyed and chipper? Exercise stimulates the production of endorphins, which produce a euphoric feeling. If you’ve ever heard of “runner’s high”, this is where it plays in. Next time you’re looking for a mood boost, try biking, jogging, or swimming.
Create your own energy. Although it may seem like a paradox, exercise can actually boost your energy. An increase in oxygen and nutrients delivered to your tissue can result in unexpected energy. This is a valuable piece of information that you can easily apply. Next time it’s hard to get out of bed, maybe try going on a quick run, or doing some in-home workouts. When you’ve hit a slump at work or feel a nap calling your name, try walking it off. You’ll be surprised when you’re hit with a burst of hidden energy you didn’t even know you had.
Sweet dreams. The National Sleep Foundation ran a study in 2011 that concluded if a person gets at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, they are more likely to sleep better and feel more alert during the day. This is especially beneficial for those who suffer from depression, anxiety, or insomnia. Yet this benefit requires exercise to be a part of a regular routine, not just a sporadic attempt. Keep in mind, though, that exercise should not be done right before bedtime, as post-workout energy could keep you up.
Like what you do. Exercise can be fun, and that’s important, too. There’s a style of exercise for every kind of person. Whether you’re into long-distance running, love hitting the bike trails, or tend to get your groove on at local zumba classes, you are taking care of your body both physically and psychologically. Exercise can be encouraging, surrounds you with community, and gives you time to clear your head. Holistic health includes taking care of your body and mind, and keeping it in its best shape.
Sometimes getting out of bed can be the hardest part, but use this information to solidify just how much you are benefitting from waking up and starting your routine with exercise. Your goal should not be a number, but rather a level of health you want to achieve. It’s not always about losing the pounds, but keeping your body healthy for the long run — no pun intended. Here at Holloway, we encourage you to live your life to the fullest, in the best way you can.