Do i really need to workout?

Do i really need to workout?

summer-body-workout-400x400Being thin is often confused with being fit  and people who are naturally thin rarely feel the need to workout. Fitness is more than just the aesthetics, however. Working out does much more for the inside of your body than the outside.

1. Exercise controls weight – this is probably the most obvious and visible benefits of exercising. You get slimmer and look better. Losing weight also has a positive influence on insulin absorption, which keeps metabolic disorders such as diabetes at bay, and can even reverse them.

2. Exercise boosts energy – does grocery shopping exhaust you? do household chores make you feel exhausted? Regular physical activity improves muscle strength and boosts endurance. Exercise helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently, and when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.

3. Exercise boosts your mood – Do you need an emotional lift? Have you had a stressful day at work? Need to blow off some steam? Physical activity stimulates endorphin release that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed – hard core exercisers know this as ‘Runner’s High’. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

4. Exercise combats health conditions – Given the overwhelming evidence, it seems obvious that we should all be physically active. It’s essential if you want to live a healthy and fulfilling life into old age.It’s medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:

  • up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
  • a 30% lower risk of early death
  • up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
  • up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
  • a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
  • up to a 30% lower risk of depression
  • up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

5. Exercise helps you sleep – Do you struggle to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Avoid exercise too close to bedtime though, or you may be too wired to fall asleep.

6.Exercise jumpstarts your sex life – Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energised and looking better, which will have a positive effect on your sex life.

7.Exercise is fun – exercise is a cheap and beneficial way to spend your time and to socialise. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. So, take a group fitness class or hit the hiking trails.Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it.

In short, working out is a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. And it doesn’t need to be 2 hours a day at a gym. It can be You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator for example. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any health concerns.