The Importance of Exercise
Everyone knows that exercise is important in our daily lives, but do we really all understand what it can do for us?
We have evolved from ancestors who spent all their time moving around in search of food and shelter, travelling large distances daily.
We are telling you this because our bodies have been designed and have evolved to be regularly active. If we don’t use them, we will develop “engine issues”, just like a sports car would if you didn’t use it.
We have listed five opinionated reasons below why you should get off you’re butt and start exercising!
Increases energy levels. Exercise improves both the strength and the efficiency of your cardiovascular system. When your cardiovascular system works better everything seems easier and you have more energy for the fun stuff in life.
Exercise improves muscle strength. Staying active keeps muscles strong and joints, tendons and ligaments flexible, allowing you to move more easily and avoid injury. Strong muscles and ligaments reduce your risk of joint and lower back pain by keeping joints in proper alignment. They also improve coordination and balance.
Exercise can help you to maintain a healthy weight.
Exercise improves your mood. Physical activity stimulates the release of endorphins which make you feel better and more relaxed. These in turn improve your mood and lower your stress levels
Exercise can help prevent and treat mental illness like depression. Physical activity can help you meet people, reduce stress levels, cope with frustration, give you a sense of achievement, and provide some important “me time”, all of which help with depression.Top Tip
Walk whenever possible!
- Think to yourself, can I do a particular journey or part of a journey on foot?
- Find ways to add activity to your day – it doesn’t need to be structured exercise.
- If you already walk, try upping the pace.
- Weather and work permitting, go for a walk at lunchtime. Even a 15-minute brisk pace is better than sitting by your desk.