By Sarah Wanless
Exercise. You either love it or you hate it. However, there is so much scientific evidence out there that backs the amazing benefits that come with regular exercise, ranging from aesthetic benefit to both physical and mental health benefits, that we all need to think about doing some every now and again.
Here are a couple reasons to love it!
- Elevates your mood. As the wise Elle Woods once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins; endorphins make you happy and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands!” When we exercise our brain releases endorphins which make us feel goooooooddddd.
- Reduces pain, stress and anxiety. Next time you’re feeling stressed or suffering from those dreaded“that time of the month” cramps get up off the couch and get some exercise. Those same wonderful endorphins that make you happy are also know to help you destress and relieve pain. Regular exercise has also been shown to help keep your stress levels down in the long run.
- Think, clearer skin – sweating it out helps open the pores and expels the grit and grime that builds up in our skin from things like makeup and dust particles. Think of it as a natural, free and harmless mini-facial that comes with maximum benefits. Be sure to wash your face as soon after exercising as you can to keep the skin clean and clear.
- Keeps you healthy – Exercising regularly can help reduce your risk of chronic illnesses later in life, such as heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes. It is also known to help keep your immune system functioning optimally.
- It helps you fight insomnia – exercise during the day has shown direct benefits to your night’s sleep. This physical exertion helps regulate your circadian rhythm (“body clock”) which can help you feel more energised during the day and then bring on a deeper, more restful sleep at night. While it isn’t a quick fix, starting and staying with a positive gym routine will help you sleep more soundly at night.
- Greater self-confidence – Recent studies have shown that people who take up a regular exercise program feel better about their self-worth, physical condition and their overall health compared to people who stayed at home. The best part? The boost in self-confidence is almost instant, even before any significant changes in fitness level were seen. Is there any greater feeling than feeling good in your own skin?