Keeping fit and healthy was easy as a kid. A steady diet of pop and chips and the pounds still never stayed on. Fast forward to age 26+, the metabolism isn’t working as fast anymore and sitting in front of a computer all day doesn’t necessarily scream “fitness”. Go to the gym after work and all of a sudden the workday extends to 8 p.m. or later. So how does one combat this? Unfortunately there is no magic pill or an electronic belt that gives you a six-pack (despite what late-night infomercials tell you) so there is going to be effort involved.
To put it simply, time and commitment has to be made in order to make a change. Wake up earlier; find a gym close to work, or use a workout video at home. In any event, the benefits are numerous. Use an app like AskforTask.com to find a local trainer, or nutritionist to get the ball rolling. Even culinary experts are available nearby for those who aren’t a wiz in the kitchen.
The Mayo Clinic is a trusted source that points out many of the positive outcomes of regular exercise. Exercise can drastically improve mood. Whether on the punching bag or the track, the activity will stimulate brain chemicals making one feel happier and relaxed. It goes without saying that physical appearance will also improve, boosting confidence.
Exercise also increases energy, but at the same time promotes a healthier sleep cycle. Regular activity improves muscle strength and endurance, simple enough. But when your cardiovascular system is improved, your heart and lungs work more efficiently; meaning day-to-day overall energy is higher. All of a sudden, walking up the stairs is faster than the elevator.
Regular exercise can help with getting to sleep faster, and more deeply. However the risk is in exercising too soon before sleeping, as the body will tend to be awake a bit longer after a good workout.
Endorphins work in many different ways, they can be painkillers, stomach butterflies, or provide the satisfaction of a great meal. It is often said that exercise produces endorphins, however, researchers have found that “light-to-moderate weight training or cardiovascular exercise doesn’t produce endorphins, only heavy weights or training that incorporates sprinting or other anaerobic exertion produce them.”
Essentially, that feeling of a high is not going to come unless the physical activity is at a high level.
Sickness can even be staved off when exercise is part of a regular routine. From exercise comes happiness, and happiness comes 50 per cent more antibodies according to HowStuffWorks.com. Exercise is shown to increase T-cells and antibodies to maintain great health, thus completing the cycle of exercise, happiness, and healthiness.
All in all, exercise should become a regular part of every adult’s life. Everyone and anyone can come up with an excuse not to work out, but as time goes by it becomes more of a necessity than a priority.