It’s the last day of January! Can you believe the first month of the year is almost over? As quickly as January has come and gone, so have many people’s resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. We get it. It’s not easy to find time to fit in exercise, especially when the skies are gray and the days are short. But exercise – even in small doses – can have a huge impact on your mental, physical and emotional health.
If you need a pick me up or motivation to head to the gym or go for a walk after work, here are some great reasons to find time for exercise today!
Boosts Your Energy.Exercise has been known to increase energy levels, and moving regularly can change your perspective on the day. You don’t have to go for a 30-minute run to feel this natural lift in your energy. Use the stairs instead of the elevator, go for a walk on your lunch break, or play tag with your kids in the yard for 15 minutes when you get home. These little bursts of exercise will help get your blood pumping!
Improves your posture and confidence.When you exercise regularly, your core gets stronger. And a strong core helps you stand and sit up straighter. People with good posture are perceived as more competent and outgoing. If you’re standing up straight, you’re also likely feel more confident, too. Another added benefit? Strengthening your core has been shown to reduce lower back pain. Yes!
RELIEVES STRESS.Stress and anxiety are a normal part of life. But when your mind is stressed, it can wreak havoc on your body, too. Although you can’t avoid it completely, exercise has been shown to keep stress in check. Studies show that regular exercise decreases tension levels and can stabilize or even elevate your mood. Check out these ways to use exercise to control stress and anxiety.
Helps You Get Better Sleep.Looking for a way to get better sleep without sleep aids? Exercise could be part of the answer. A study reported on by the National Sleep Foundation identifies that people sleep better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week. If you’re lying awake at night, upping your weekly exercise might lead to longer and more restful sleep.
Improves Cardiovascular Health.Not only does exercise help you lose weight, it also helps improve your cardiovascular fitness. Exercise has been shown to improve circulation and keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check, two risk factors for heart disease. Maintaining a healthy weight also helps protect you from developing diabetes or complications from uncontrolled blood sugar.
Keeps Your Mind Sharp.If it’s good for your heart, it’s good for your brain, too. Exercise improves brain function, and it helps protect memory and thinking skills. A study published in the journal Neurology showed that physical activity – the kind that gets your heart pumping and sweat flowing – can slow brain aging by as much as 10 years! The study also showed that people who exercised less showed a greater cognitive decline than those who exercised regularly.
So there you have it! The next time you’re dreading a sweat session, think about all the ways ways exercise can work for you and help you live a longer, happier and healthier life.