We all know that exercise is good for us. Whether it’s to improve our health, fitness, lose weight, set goals, get toned, or socialise with friends, going to the gym and establishing a regular workout routine is on most people’s check lists these days.
But exercise doesn’t only play a vital role in keeping our waistlines trim, check out these 7 benefits below you probably didn’t know that exercise could do:
- Exercise helps promotes work-life balance – This is ironic, as the main excuse for people not coming down to the gym is a lack of time to do so. But people who exercise regularly are actually far more likely to be able to achieve a better work-life balance.Exercise helps to reduce stress and promotes an alert mind and better posture, which leads to less aches and pains and increased energy; when you’re in that state it’s easier to do anything.
- Stops you from smoking and drinking – OK, so that might be a rather bold claim, but working out regularly can certainly decrease your desire to light up your next cigarette or down your regular pint. Exercise has a powerful effect when it comes to tobacco intake and alcohol consumption. Most of our customers at the DVCC say that they can feel a difference in their health when they eat better and don’t smoke, which in turn, reduces their desire to do so.
- Can help reduce heart disease – We already know that a healthy diet is important for preventing cancer, obesity, heart disease, and many other conditions, but physical exercise can also help by changing the body's immune system. Moreover, when we exercise at high intensity, our hearts beat more steadily and our cardiovascular fitness improves, reducing our risk of heart diseases.
- It’s good for your joints – The right exercise plan for your body, as developed by your personal trainer, can be beneficial for your joints. So, as well as giving your muscles and heart a proper workout, exercise can keep your joints loose and your body flexible.
- Helps our bodies heal faster – Certain aerobic exercises can be beneficial for healing conditions such as muscle tears, tendonitis, and even bone fractures. While you need to make sure you’ve been given the all-clear by your GP before getting back to the gym after an injury, exercising regularly can often speed up your recovery.
- Increases Energy – Contrary to popular opinion, exercise actually gives you more energy rather than zapping your energy reserves; not only physically but mentally as well. People who exercise regularly are more likely to have more energy throughout the day, as exercise stimulates mitochondria cell components in your body, producing the chemical that creates energy.
- It boosts your sex life – Exercise can improve sexual function in men and women. More energy and better mood can lead to increased libido and sexual performance.
- Makes you happier –If you suffer from insomnia, you’re almost twice as likely as non-exercisers to get a better night's rest, which results in a way happier outlook on life. You can also attribute the happy vibe to an increased release of endorphins, or improved cardiovascular fitness, but feeling better about your body and sleeping better all contribute to making your feel happier and healthier.