Exercise is definitely a powerful tool that can help you take control of many aspects of your life. You can use exercise to improve both your physical and mental health and what many people do not realize is that the type of exercise doesn’t have to be the most intense form of physical activity to have a positive effect on your mind and body.
Many people are intimidated from “working out” or are not able to devote several hours a week to going to the gym and this thought process often deters someone from implementing any form of physical activity. A few minutes of physical activity is better than none. Whether it is a stroll or brisk walk, starting with 5 minutes and moving your way up can still have great effects. The more you exercise, the more energy you’ll have, so eventually you’ll feel ready for a little more.
So what does exercise really do other than help your physique look a certain way? Here are some of the many benefits exercise has:
- Maintains and improves your physical abilities
- Improves self-esteem
- Lowers risk of heart disease and osteoporosis
- Improves balance and lower risk of falls or broken bones
- Improves sleep
- Improves cognitive function
- Improves blood flow and lowers risk of blood clots
- Improves sexual health
- Lowers risk of anxiety and depression
- Helps maintain a healthy weight
Regular exercise can improve your health and quality of life but it is important to develop an exercise program that is right for you and your fitness abilities. Make sure to focus on activities you enjoy, make exercise a social activity if you prefer having company as motivation, reward yourself often and most importantly, be comfortable in whatever you do and you will start reaping the benefits of exercise in your daily life. When you feel good, you are more productive, more happy, more creative and have a greater sense of self or wellbeing!