How many of you have health related resolutions?
Exercise is an unfortunate necessity for a healthy lifestyle. I only say unfortunate because I really haven’t found a consistent type I like. Currently, I swim for 15min/week, cardio on an elliptical for 30min/week, and weights for 15min/week. So I only get an hour each week. Luckily, I can go for free due to an Employee Wellness Plan at my work.
The benefits of exercise are numerous. They enable you to participate in more jobs, let you do more around the house, give you energy, help you live longer, and make you happier.
Participating in strength training increases muscle mass and cardio helps lose fat off your muscles that were tiredly carrying it. This additional muscle helps qualify you for more jobs and enables you to commit to more intensive cleaning or repair around the house.
As your muscles are not as tired due to their strengthening and the fat leaving, you have more of a perk in your step and more energy. As your body is also not under as much strain, you are more likely to live a longer, healthier life. Many studies have been done that prove a reduction in both cholesterol and heart disease in individuals who regularly exercise.
Finally, exercise, in the long run, makes you happier. I know it is hard to get up and go for it, but exercise has been linked to increasing certain ‘happy’ neurotransmitters in your brain. This enables you to be happier and less stressed. That is one of the major reasons I exercise, due to a neurotransmitter imbalance in my brain, I have suffered for many years through severe depression. Medications and exercise help sustain a calm, happy, less stressed lifestyle.
How do you exercise and what keeps you motivated? How have you benefitted from it?