Why health and fitness should be important to you
Joining a gym is effortless, but it can be a huge decision when it comes to the commitment, dedication and discipline; but all the sweat and pain is worth it!
Obviously exercising will burn fat and calories but it also has several positive effects on your heart, body and lifestyle in general. Exercising regularly will help to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, some cancers, type two diabetes and obesity. Like all muscles, your heart will grow to be stronger as an outcome of exercise, so that it can pump extra blood through the body with every beat and continue functioning at maximum level with less strain. Exercise does not only benefit your heart and boost your fitness levels, it also helps you to sleep better at night, relieve stress, and gives you a more positive outlook on life. Exercising releases endorphins which generate the feeling of happiness and euphoria which then leads to increased energy levels. Strength training on the other hand, will build lean muscle mass, tone and sculpt your body and will help enhance your metabolism.
Studies show that participating in regular exercise will also help to alleviate symptoms of clinical depression and can be just as effective as antidepressant pills in treating depression. Regardless of a person’s self-perception, exercise can very quickly alleviate one’s self worth. After the age of 45, the brain generally starts to cognitively decline. This is where exercise and a healthy diet is another major benefit as it helps to support the brain. Between the ages of 25 and 45, working out assists chemicals in the brain that sustain and put a stop to degeneration of the hippocampus, which is a vital part of the brain for memory and learning.
Obviously with exercising comes a healthy diet. Before exercising, your body will need quality carbohydrates, lean protein, heart healthy fats and fluids. You should consume a meal that is low in fat, moderate in carbohydrates and protein, low fibre and plenty of water. To stay hydrated during your workout, it is recommended that you drink at least two cups of water beforehand as water acts as a part of your body’s cooling system. After exercising, having 10-29 grams of a fast release protein is recommended as this will help your muscles to recover and grow.
So whether you’re having a bad day, too tired or you just can’t catch a break, find a way to get some exercise! Your body will thank you for it later! No excuse is a good excuse!”
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