Why is Physical Exercise Important? There are just so many reasons why regular exercise should become a part of your life; some of the obvious ones being getting that hot body you’ve always wanted, not to mention an AWESOME array of health benefits that will prolong your life, slash your risk of so many nasty diseases, and generally make you a happier person.
Exercise floods your body with feel-good endorphins, which will activate your opiate receptors and help to kick depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, fear, stress, and all those other lower self emotions to the the curb. And that’s not the only generous payoff you get for all your hard work – read on for more benefits of physical activity and be prepared to be astounded!
Getting that booty moving will do all of these things for you:-
- BOOSTS MOOD
- REDUCES ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
- BOOSTS METABOLISM
- WEIGHT LOSS
- PROMOTES GOOD MUSCLE TONE (AKA YOU’LL GET A GREAT BODY!)
- REDUCES CHRONIC PAIN
- INCREASES PAIN TOLERANCE
- BOOSTS SEX DRIVE
- PROMOTES SELF DISCIPLINE
- REDUCES RISK OF HEART DISEASE
- LENGTHENS LIFE SPAN IN GENERAL
- BETTER SLEEP
- MORE ENERGY
It makes all the difference to pick an exercise you actually enjoy!
There are many different ways to keep fit, and many different types of exercises to suit everyone, no matter what your current condition, fitness level, OR budget.
To keep up enthusiasm and ensure that fitness is a long term thing you should choose sports you actually enjoy; or at least pick something you think you may grow to like, then start slowly and go from there.
Often sports that require a partner, like tennis and squash, or team sports such as football, cricket, volleyball, or netball, can be a good choice as they encourage camaraderie, and a little healthy competition is great for firing you up for a game. When you do start to enjoy it, then hey, it suddenly doesn’t feel like such hard graft does it?
Self defense, or martial art classes, like karate, boxing, taeqwondo, or judo, are all fabulous ways to get fit – and knowing you have self defense skills may also come in handy at other times in life.
There is nothing more empowering than the knowledge that you have a strong and healthy body as it will give you a confidence boost that will change your whole life. That confidence will shine through every aspect of you, including your work, drive, ambition, and especially your relationships with others.
The benefits of physical exercise and fitness cannot be stressed enough. If you suffer from anxiety or depression, then exercise (especially weight bearing for depression) will trigger a cascade of feel good endorphins and will help to burn off stress hormones. This will keep you calm, focused, and ready to take on anything life throws at you.
Feeling fantastic yet?
Something amazing happens in your body when you workout: a chemical reaction releases endorphins and you feel uplifted, even euphoric, and that feeling of satisfaction you get after a good workout can stay with you for days afterwards – so the rewards are many.
Studies have proven that dance classes can reduce anxiety more than other forms of exercise. Dancing helps you to connect with your inner self as there is something primal and free about it. It can pull you out of a low mood and stimulate all your senses, making you feel sexy and alive.
If you are too shy for a dance class then throw on some of your favorite tunes at home and just go for it. Dance like nobody is watching (and maybe check that they’re not first). Soon you will start to feel more confidant than ever. Caution: this really works!
Dancing is a social activity
Dancing is a brilliant way to meet new people, make new friends, and socialize. It also offers the added benefits of managing weight, improving coordination, flexibility, motor skills, boosting bone health, and it will also give you a stronger heart and lungs. This makes it one of the best forms of all round exercise that covers all bases.
WEIGHT BEARING EXERCISE:
To stimulate ALL muscle groups it is best to do a range of exercises. A couple of good gym sessions, or power walk, stair climbing, hiking, and kettle bells are all great ways of really flooding the system with a cascade of mood enhancing endorphins.
These endorphins will help vaporize stress and depression, keep PMS symptoms at bay, and serve as a good healthy outlet for anger and frustration – and these fantastic effects can last for hours, even days.
ALL weight bearing exercise will give you more muscle mass and tone, which is good thing for keeping bones strong, protecting against osteoporosis, improving your sense of balance and coordination, and lessening your risk of injury in general. All of these are especially important as we age, and we lose muscle mass continuously after the age of 35 unless we take action.
The more muscle mass you have the slimmer you will stay:
The more lean muscle mass you have on your body the more calories you will burn daily even when at rest, so weight-bearing exercise is also a relevant weight and fat loss tool.
Just be sure to push yourself more as you build up strength and stamina, and remember to up the heaviness of your weights as your body adjusts and becomes more accustomed to your regime.
HULA HOOPING – THE BEST BELLY TONER EVER!
If it’s belly fat you want to blast then hula hooping really cuts the mustard; it’s one of the quickest ways to target specifically this area, and something that I have personally tried and had much success with. You just have to be steadfast in your commitment – and by this I mean do it every day and you really cannot fail.
How I did it:-
In my first 2 months of using a weighted hula hoop (I used it a lot, up to 5×30 minute sessions a week) I went down 2 dress sizes and lost about 8lbs in weight, and I did nothing else differently, making hula hooping one of the best exercises I have tried for burning stomach fat.
STEPPING UP THE CARDIO:
Cardiovascular exercise; the likes of running, jogging, swimming, cycling, HIIT (high intensity interval training), or basically anything that gets your heart rate up for a significant amount of time has many benefits. These include, most strikingly, a 50% lower risk of heart disease, and a lower instance of many other diseases, including some cancers, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
Cardiovascular exercise is also crazy good for your mind and general well-being as it helps to blast out depression, anxiety, and low mood. Don’t forget that many exercises are both cardio and weight bearing at the same time, such as HIIT, power walking, running, indoor rowing, and kettle bell classes. These are great as they give you the best of both worlds in one session, therefore saving you both time and money.
Boxing covers ALL bases:-
Boxing is one of the BEST all rounders, for not only its cardiovascular benefits, but also for self defense, muscle building, toning, balance and coordination – plus it’s a great self esteem booster. You can do some sparring at home with a partner and an inexpensive sparring kit.
Or if you suffer from joint problems you may prefer to do the lower impact sports such as swimming or cycling. These are great as these do not pound down hard on joints like some other exercises do and so keep the pressure off. BUT, you may need to go at these harder to get the same muscle building benefits as other weight-bearing exercises.
Swimming is an all over muscle toning exercise:
Swimming uses practically every muscle in your body and is great for people who suffer insomnia as it tires out ALL the muscles and induces sleep. It also controls blood sugar levels; lowers blood pressure and cholesterol; and reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Cycling is another exercise that is also much easier on the joints than other types of sports; it is not only aerobic, but builds strong muscles – especially in the legs and abdominal’s. Plus it builds strong bones, and boosts endurance. It’s also fantastic for balance, and if nothing else it is also a great reason to get out in the fresh air which in itself will make you feel good.
Fitness trackers are a simple way to keep track of your fitness ANDthey create accountability, making in easier for you to stick with your health and fitness plan. The Fitbit Charge 2 is just one example of a fitness tracker with good reviews. It is one of the newest in their fitbit range and has more advanced features than its predecessors. The Charge 2 will track your steps; heart rate; calories burned; sleep patterns; and can also lock into your heartbeat to create a personalised breathing plan to help you relax more.
The reason I say this particular fitness tracker is pretty good is because I thoroughly researched it before I bought it for myself. I discovered it had the best reviews for ease and comfort, plus the best features, and it just really worked well for me.
When deciding to embark on any exercise regime you will want to make sure you are eating right. Any effects you get from exercise can be doubled from eating high protein and nutrient dense foods. You should also include specific fat burning foods into your diet as these will really stoke the fires of your metabolism.
I have found that an alkaline plant based diet with lots of plant proteins are superior to animal proteins in the respect that they cause much less inflammation in the body, and therefore can build leaner, cleaner muscle.
This means lots of pulses, lentils, wholegrains, soy (though I would stay away from soy isolate protein powders), tempeh, quinoa, nut butters, nuts, seeds, and even many vegetables contain protein.
Protein powders can provide a crucial role on a fitness or training plan and, can boost your muscle tone and fat burning abilities to a new level. Getting enough protein is especially important if you are either doing a lot of exercise, are on a plant based diet, want to build muscle mass, or if you simply want to lose weight and need to snack on low GI filling foods.
A protein supplement can help with ALL of these things and the best kind for the job are plant based protein powders; these are much cleaner than whey and therefore will not contribute to inflammation in the body, nor will you get any of the side effects that are so common with dairy products.
Some of the awesome protein powders available now, especially now that veganism has kicked off in such a big way, are just mind-blowing. You can buy already made up blends which not only contain the perfect ratios of different plant proteins for a good all round amino acid profile, but many also contain added digestive aids, greens, other superfoods, and even probiotics.
Finding the best protein for your needs:-
Buying quality goods at reasonable prices is a must if it’s going to be something you will be using long term. I have devised a list for you of the Best 15 Protein Powders of 2018, and it is gleaned from hundreds of reviews on the highest quality brands at the most affordable prices I can find.
Please take the time to find something that is suitable for your specific needs because they can all be quite different. Some of them are specifically designed for bulking, some for weight loss, some for athletes etc.
How much protein do I need?
You should be consuming between 1-2 grams of protein per kilo of body weight, depending on the kind of training you are doing. Opt for the higher end of protein with less carbs if you are looking to cut fat and build muscle, OR you are in a weight training regime.
My own plant based journey:-
Eating a plant based diet in the last 18 months has totally transformed my body and taken my health to new heights. I just couldn’t achieve this level of health whilst eating animal products no matter how hard I tried, therefore I truly believe it is something that makes a difference to fitness and vitality.
If you are interested in this lifestyle, or even if you just want to test the waters and feel the benefits for yourself, then you may need a little help to begin with when it comes to combining foods correctly. Also you may just not know what on earth to eat which makes it daunting. If this is you then please check out my 1 week diet plan to get you started.
Why is Physical Exercise Important ?
It really cannot be stated enough that physical fitness, alongside a clean and healthy diet, really can change your life forever. You will feel fantastic, have more confidence than you EVER thought possible (I am serious on this one), AND have much higher protection from most major diseases and illnesses.
You can start today to change your life; just baby steps every day lead to huge leaps over the long term – and when you start to feel good you will never want to go back. The better it gets, the better it gets so they say!
If you have any questions about health and fitness I am always pleased to answer them. Just post away below this thread. Thanks for reading!