Why is Physical Exercise Important?

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!

men playing tennis

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.

 

PARTNER UP:

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:

self defense classes

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.

 

DANCING:

group of people dancing

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:

body builder in the gym

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:

topless man with muscles

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!

hula hoops

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:

running on road

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:-

punching bag and boxing gloves

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 pool

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:

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.

 

POWER EATING:

plate of healthy foods

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:

green smoothie

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:-

nutrition heart

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.

coconut, watermelon, blackberries, grapes, apricots

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 ? 

CONCLUSION:

woman jumping in sand

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!

 

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Stefanie Taylor

I have studied nutrition for many years, and have since discovered that a plant based diet has been the most beneficial to my health and body. I have more energy and zest for life than I have ever had and this website is dedicated to helping others who wish to know more, and start out on this lifestyle.

40 Comments

shrey · 28/07/2017 at 7:56 am

I think I can be sure that physical exercise has helped me focus on work much better. I was the one who used to really try and get away from physical exercise but later due to a lot of health issues, I was recommended at least 30 minutes of evening walk daily.
And this itself brought some massive changes in my life.

    stefanie taylor · 28/07/2017 at 9:18 pm

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your comment and yes you are right there it certainly would of helped change your life, I know it did mine. Good luck to you for the future.

    Stefanie

John Rico · 06/08/2017 at 11:06 pm

Hey there! I found your article very interesting and informative. I really agree that physical exercise is important. I remember before I start doing physical exercise I was a kinda lazy and my mood is not that good. But after I tried working out it change my life. I started to become productive and my mood was fantastic. I feel happy every time I workout. Everyone should try physical exercise and healthy diet to prevent illness and have a better life.

    stefanie taylor · 08/08/2017 at 8:27 am

    Hi there,

    Glad you enjoyed the article and found it interesting. More and more people are starting to understand the importance of diet and exercise for health which is why I set up this website.

    Keep up the good work and let me know if you ever need any more advice. I will be happy to help.

    Stefanie

Rob S. · 08/08/2017 at 8:57 pm

I agree that exercise is good for you. I always feel better when I do and worse when I don’t.
I try for 30 minutes a day with bike riding, going to the gym or walking. I use a pedometer and shoot for 12,000 steps daily.
Of course I try and be careful and not work too hard. But I agree with eating healthy. Exercise and eating healthy go together.
That’s a really great list you have of plant based power foods. I do eat a lot of them. Do you think it’s better to exercise 5 days a week or skip every other day or just do it everyday?

    stefanie taylor · 08/08/2017 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for your feedback, I think that a good amount of exercise (if you are doing a selection of different things for 30 mins a day, like you are) would be 5 times a week but I wouldn’t necessarily include the walking in that, unless it is really fast power walking that gets your heart rate up for a consistent amount of time.

    Key rules: Alternate or mix weight bearing with cardio and try to mix it up a lot to keep your body from getting to used to anything.

    Also, yes, it is ALL about diet too

    Hope this helps and please feel free to ask any more questions as I love helping people on these topics

    Stefanie

Alice · 08/08/2017 at 9:07 pm

Indeed! Exercise is one very important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. A regular exercise will help keep us fit, energized and active. But because we’re living in a fast -paced world, many among us just don’t have the time for exercise. We’re so busy we forget that our body needs all the active movements it could get.

I would love to do the hula hoop but I never actually learned how to do it, lol! Dancing is great way to shed some pounds and I often do it at home whenever I have some spare time. My job requires me to work on different shifts so when I’m working the night which is not that busy, I do an early morning routine of dance and stretching.

What if one’s job requires him to be always on the move, say messenger or delivery man, do you think he still needs to exercise?

    stefanie taylor · 09/08/2017 at 11:34 am

    Hi Alice, thanks for reading and enjoying my article and you are right, most people don’t really have much spare time for fitness which is why it is vital to do little and often (example, running up and down your stairs for 10 minutes will take little time and really get your heart rate up and boost fitness levels over time).

    In response to your question I think having an active job certainly goes a long way to keeping you healthy but I wouldn’t say you can rely on that 100% as it is all about getting the heart rate up for a consistent amount of time which probably won’t be the case if you are just walking around.

    Also, when it comes to building and achieving good and even muscle tone all over the body you would need to make sure you are doing a workout that specifically targets all areas of the body with consistent movements.

    Hope this helps you and please let me know if you have any more questions and I will be more than happy to help.

Norman · 24/08/2017 at 10:56 am

hello and thanks for sharing your post on physical exercise. physical exercise is so important because there is a saying that says that a body that is in motion stays in motion. We need to stay in motion because our bodies thrives on how physical we can become, nothing like getting that heart rate up. keeping that blood flowing is really important to our health.

    stefanie taylor · 24/08/2017 at 10:56 am

    Hi Norman,

    Yes you are absolutely right and that’s a great saying! I also love the one ‘If you can’t find time for fitness, then you’d better find time for sickness’. Good one hey ha ha.

lynnsamuelson · 27/09/2017 at 9:59 pm

You are preaching to the choir about the importance of physical exercise! I’ve always been a very athletic person and have had different ways to “get my fix” at various stages in my life. I currently do cardio and low impact weightlifting at my gym, take cardio tennis clinics as well as play competitive tennis and love to walk with friends whenever possible. Now that summer’s over I won’t be swimming much but love that too. My issue – and why I checked out your article – is how to get my husband of almost 30 years with the program. He was fit when we met in our early 20s but has gradually become very lazy about getting any type of regular exercise. I’m worried as much as frustrated about the situation because he’s also a Type 1 diabetic who loves sweets. Any tips about how to jump-start my honey to start working out?

    stefanie taylor · 01/10/2017 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Lynn,

    Thanks for reading my article, you are obviously a woman after my own heart when it comes to exercise. It’s funny you should say that about your husband as I also have problems getting my partner to do physical exercise and it’s very frustrating. What I try to do with my boyfriend is get him to do things with me like going on cycling trips with a picnic or going hiking/walking together out in the country or mountains or whatever natural landscape you may live near. Maybe do some kind of sport together like tennis or squash? I am thinking of booking up a holiday for us to walk Hadrian’s wall which is meant to be great fun as well as good exercise. So,my advice would be to make it something that’s interesting and fun and also where you can spend some quality time together. I hope this helps and he agrees to do some things with you, otherwise give him a good shake!! Ha ha.Hope this helps.

    Stefanie

Kris · 03/10/2017 at 3:43 pm

Hi Stefanie. Yes. I cannot agree with you more. I love your article on exercise. I was hit by a habitual drunk driver and although this was 7 years ago, I still suffer from muscle aches, nerve pain, spasms and a sleuth of other things. The best exercise for me is to dance. I also have a foldable recumbent bike. It adjusts in two positions. I love it.
The Krill is very good. I am not sure everyone can use it although it is natural. Thanks for the information. Nice Website.

    stefanie taylor · 04/10/2017 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Kris, really sorry to hear about your drunk driver experience. Sounds horrific, and you are still suffering now. I hope one day you heal completely, I’m sure exercising must help. As for the krill oil, as far as I know and have researched, it is fine for everyone to use, apart from if you are allergic to fish/seafood or vegan. Do you know of any other reasons why it couldn’t be used as I would be interested to know to keep my site updated with relevant information. Thanks

Eskymo · 19/10/2017 at 10:01 am

I really love your article, i would like to add, in my experience it’s more about surrounding yourself with like minded people to help drive you, rather hanging around people that bring you down, thanks for the reminder to keep positive people around me, like you!, all the best!

    Stefanie Taylor · 19/10/2017 at 5:38 pm

    Hi there, thanks for reading and enjoying my article. And yes, you are absolutely right! Hanging around with like minded people will definitely keep you motivated, and it always helps to have a pal to exercise with. Less chance of you deciding you can’t be bothered when you know you have somebody else to answer to. That’s my experience anyway. All the best to you too.

Kien · 20/10/2017 at 3:42 am

Hi there,

I love all forms of exercise since I work out a lot. To me, lifting weight is what I find work best for my body and my interest since I am into building a good physique. I have to say that I am not a fan of dancing haha.

I also have a website where I produce content on weight loss and healthy living in general if you like to check it out and leave few comments in there. Feel free to leave your link on my website.

    Stefanie Taylor · 21/10/2017 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Kien, interesting to hear you like weight lifting. I do some weights at the gym also and yes, they definitely produce the fastest results. Just having more lean muscles mass on your body will help you to burn calories and fat more quickly which is probably why it is so effective.

    Are you into protein shakes? I also have a page https://zestforever.com/plant-based-protein-power which you may like to check out. It has all the best protein foods and protein powders etc. I took a look at your website and I love it, have posted a few comments for you. Thanks

    Stefanie Taylor · 24/10/2017 at 8:58 am

    Hi Kien, yes I like a bit of weight lifting and gym work too! I think you always get the best feel good factor when you do weight bearing exercise, something to do with the release of certain hormones. I love it! And yes building muscle is literally the best thing you can do for your health as it has so many other benefits in the body. Keep up the good work!

Rebecca · 13/12/2017 at 4:27 pm

Hi Stephanie, I agree with you, exercise is necessary and healthy. Of all the types you mentioned, dancing is the one I like the most. It is an expression of oneself. And yes, it changes the mood, it makes you cheerful and lively. When I was younger I was on ballet, now that I am old, I settle for ballroom dancing. I also used to do horsemanship/jumping and fencing. Now I can’t anymore because of health issues. Those types of sports were really fun for me. Once in a while I do the treadmill at home, but kind of boring sometimes, so I play music and dance instead.

    Stefanie Taylor · 13/12/2017 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Rebecca, wow I am impressed you have done all of those things! I can’t imagine how great it would be to ride horses and I’ve always wanted to fence. It really is on my bucket list as I have seen it done in films and always thought it looked like such great fun. It is such a shame you can’t do it anymore, you must really miss it, and miss being fit enough to even do such hard exercise. 

    I really feel for you if you are having health issues that are stopping you do what you love. I know a treadmill can be boring as that’s one of my exercises I do at the gym, but if you have one at home then at least you can do it in front of the T.V. and kills two birds with one stone so to speak haha

    And yes, dancing really is one of my favorite exercises as you do feel free to express yourself, I love it.

    Thanks for your comment, and by the way, you don’t look at all old!

AlanJE · 21/01/2018 at 2:30 pm

Hi There is an incredible amount of good information on your website and I will re-visit again. I do a fair amount of physical exercise, but need to focus on eating better in order to lose weight and stay healthy. Thanks Alan

    Stefanie Taylor · 22/01/2018 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Alan, thank you for the compliment about my website, it is much appreciated. That’s great you do lots of physical exercise but nutrition and exercise really do work best together as it will take you to a whole new level of wellness. I recommend you follow a low GI diet to help you get rid of excess weight as this will keep your blood sugar under control which will stop sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings. Good luck.

    Stefanie Taylor · 22/01/2018 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Alan, so happy you have enjoyed and learned something from this article. It’s great you get a good amount of exercise in, but you would feel even more benefits if you incorporated a healthy diet into the mix. In fact, the two go hand in hand. A great way to eat is the low GI diet as this will keep your blood sugars under control and stop you craving sugar and refined carbohydrates.

Marques Pizarro · 27/01/2018 at 3:54 am

I am a teenage bodybuilder, and I love this article because I learned so much! I realize that having a workout partner helps you in many ways; they push you and they keep you accountable. Also, I am glad you mention H.I.I.T. because I love being in conditioned; I mostly play basketball, but I’m gradually getting into boxing. I will come back for more knowledge, thank you so much!

    Stefanie Taylor · 27/01/2018 at 11:03 am

    Hi Marques, I’m really happy you enjoyed my post and it’s great you are into fitness. I discovered a long time ago the benefits of being physically fit. Not only do you look good, but you feel amazing and have a strong immune system. I have found personally, the HIIT training and boxing to be the best exercises ever, and they are less taxing on the joints, because HIIT especially, is all about shorter bursts rather than continuous pounding on one area. Keep it up and please feel free to let me know if you have any other questions, especially regarding nutrition.

Igor · 03/05/2018 at 10:04 pm

Hi Stefanie!

Very nice site!
People are born to move. Our bodies need that! The physical activity is a must for everyone, child, adult, young and mature, in any profession. It is so important for staying in shape, mentally and physically.

Proper movement and physical activity mean health. The way of living nowadays is limiting our movement. More and more people are having problems with overweight, stress in life and health issues.

Although the technology, industry, medicine and other aspects of the life are improving, the raw physical activity is left behind, by many people, unfortunately.

I am active in a sport for almost 50 years. I know what is proper physical activity and how important it is for myself and for humans in general.

There are so many sources about fitness, physical activities, nutrition, exercise programmes, etc, online and offline available but every additional valuable advice, as you are offering on your site, is helpful and beneficial for the population.

Great post! Well done!

    Stefanie Taylor · 04/05/2018 at 4:10 pm

    Hi Igor, I really appreciate your great comment, thank you. You sound like you know your stuff, especially if you have been exercising for 50 years. Wow, you must be fit!

    You are so right about our body being born to move. I’ve too have always exercised my whole life and if I have a few days off I feel really crappy, so it definitely makes a difference both physically and mentally. It’s surprising how many people I know that never do ANY exercise at all, and I’ve no idea how they live their lives like it but I guess they know no different. Shame.

Dave · 03/05/2018 at 11:25 pm

This is one of the best articles I’ve read on this subject in a long time! Glad to see you looped in sports like Martial Arts and boxing – My wife took a karate self defence class for women and loved it so much we both signed up for karate!

    Stefanie Taylor · 04/05/2018 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Dave, thanks so much for saying that and I’m glad it helped. Yes, I love self defence classes too as you get the best of both worlds. Not only are you keeping fit but you’re learning how to defend yourself should the need arise.

    My favourite self defence is boxing classes. It just seemed to boost my fitness levels further than ever before when I started doing that. Brilliant!

Stefan · 04/05/2018 at 12:09 am

Hi Stefanie, I’m not a fan of exercise but your post here reminded me of some things I actually do like.
Dancing, for example, is something I love doing and can be done at home every day. I love music and when I was younger I’d go to a lot of concerts and dance my but off.
I also like Karate, I think this training, and actually any kind of martial arts training, does not only help our bodies but also our minds.
By training fighting sports we can let go of a lot of held back aggression, and even when thinking of taking someone down who we are angry about is relieving a lot of stress.
I was sent to karate by my phsycho therapist and it did help me a lot.

    Stefanie Taylor · 08/05/2018 at 9:35 pm

    Hi Stefan, I’m really happy to have reminded you about some of the exercises you enjoy. I think the reason why most people don’t actually exercise is because they just find it boring and unenjoyable, but if you find something you actually like doing then it makes all the difference.

    I too love dancing (only at home where nobody is looking ha ha), but it really does make you feel fantastic, not just physically, but mentally too. In fact, there was a program on the TV here in the UK not so long ago where they did an experiment with older people who did different types of activities to keep fit, and would you believe it that the ones who danced to any type of music had healthier hearts, and actually lived longer than those who did ANY other exercise.

    They said this was down to the fact that dancing can lift the spirits higher than anything else as it is such a primal thing, and also the natural and varied movements had more of an impact on heart health. So, amazing, and definitely a good reason to dance your socks of ha ha.

    As for martial arts, these are another one of my own personal favorites as they promote mental strength like no other sport. I also believe that a strong body often equals a strong mind.

Danny · 17/07/2018 at 8:37 pm

For me lifting weights was and is my go to sport. It doesn’t just strengthen the body it also strengthens the mind. Lifting heavy and intense is a great way to improve overall focus and concentration.
It has been the best way for keeping my mind sharp and clearing out the negative energy that tends to accumulate with a busy lifestyle.
Weights are to me, what meditation is to a Buddhist Monk …hope that’s not considered blasphemy.

    Stefanie Taylor · 17/07/2018 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Danny, I love a bit of resistance training too as like you say, it really does keep the mind sharp and helps to combat stress. Must be all those endorphins huh? I found it also to be the best thing to combat my depression that I used to suffer with years ago and I’ve never looked back since.

    I totally get what you’re saying about weights being your meditation as they do indeed put the body and mind into that relaxed meditative state. I guess we’ve all got to do whatever works for us.

David · 01/08/2018 at 6:11 pm

Hello Stefanie, another very Informative article. My form of exercise is Ice hockey. Doing it I find I’m better focused with daily tasks, my mood is always good, and life doesn’t get stressful. I do try and eat right but that doesn’t always happen, but I have been working on some food changes as you talked about in previous articles.
Thank you so much,
David

    Stefanie Taylor · 01/08/2018 at 8:10 pm

    Hi again David, I’m really happy that you’re a regular to my website and that I have influenced you to make some changes. That’s brilliant, and every little helps hey?

    Don’t worry too much if eating right doesn’t always happen as we’re all only human, and sometimes it’s just not always convenient. I always say that if you’r being good 80-90% of the time then you have some leeway left for treats without doing too much harm. Apparently the body can bounce back easily from occasional indulgences if the diet is good most of the time; it can process it and eliminate it pretty quickly. That’s the new scientific research I read just only the other day anyway.

    It’s also great you’re into ice hockey, I’ve never tried it but I know it get you super fit and strong.

    Good luck with the healthy eating, and feel free to let me know if you ever have any questions or need help with anything.

holly knudson · 01/08/2018 at 6:58 pm

Hi Stephanie,

Great post on exercise. I have been an avid exerciser for years. I love weight training and interval training. I also love to dance and swim. I swam everyday during two of my pregnancies. Exercise helps me sleep, maintain my weight, and alleviates low-grade depression. Thank you!

    Stefanie Taylor · 01/08/2018 at 8:15 pm

    Hi Holly, wow, you sound like you have it sorted in the exercise department! You love all the things that I love too, especially the swimming and weights. I usually do a combo of both, mixed with some power walking, and that works a treat. Seems to cover all bases anyway.

    And yes, the reason why I started exercising and healthy eating in the first place was to beat depression and I could never stop now. No way am I going back there. I don’t know about you but I do need to do this alongside a super healthy diet for it to be really effective.

Mitala · 02/08/2018 at 5:34 am

I used to jog, and then I stopped and gained some bad weight. I am getting back to jogging so that I can trim down again. I didn’t know that hula hooping works that effectively, but I am definitely going to be trying it out too.

    Stefanie Taylor · 02/08/2018 at 8:43 am

    Hi Mitala, yes I’m the same, I have to exercise regularly to keep my weight down. I’m not naturally slim like some people, plus I just love my food ha ha. Yes hula hooping really works, especially on stomach fat as it targets that area specifically. It’s brilliant, and definitely worth investing in one. Just make sure you go for the weighted ones as this makes all the difference to the fat burn. Good luck!

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