1. Get a natural high
One thing people who exercise regularly report is the natural energy boost which comes from getting exercise. This doesn’t just mean feeling more energetic! When you exercise your body produces natural feel good chemicals called endorphins, which make you feel happy, energised and act as natural stress busters, leaving you better equipped to face life’s challenges.
2. Sleep better
Exercise is known to help you get a good night’s sleep. This is because it releases the tension you carry in your body, lets you de-stress and leaves you feeling relaxed when it comes to bed time. Those who exercise regularly report feeling well rested and sleeping deeper as a result.
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3. Improve your health
According to the National Health Service, exercise can also reduce the risk of a host of illnesses and diseases, making your body stronger and more immune to sickness. For example, those who take exercise as part of their normal routine can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke diabetes and cancer by up to 50%. This is a massive bonus when you consider all the other great benefits to exercising!
4. Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life
Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can improve energy levels and increase your confidence about your physical appearance, which may boost your sex life.
But there’s even more to it than that. Regular physical activity may enhance arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise.
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The bottom line on exercise
Exercise and physical activity are great ways to feel better, boost your health and have fun. For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends:
- At least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. The guidelines suggest that you spread this exercise throughout the week. Examples include running, walking or swimming. Even small amounts of physical activity are helpful, and accumulated activity throughout the day adds up to provide health benefits.
- Strength training exercises for all major muscle groups at least two times a week. Examples include lifting free weights, using weight machines or doing body-weight training.
Spread your activities throughout the week. If you want to lose weight, meet specific fitness goals or get even more benefits, you may need to ramp up your moderate aerobic activity to 300 minutes or more a week.
Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any concerns about your fitness, haven’t exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis.