Worn out by 3pm? Can’t be bothered to go to the gym? No energy left to even play with the kids?
Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. When you exercise your heart and lungs work more efficiently and in return you will have more energy to get through your day. It’s a case of ‘the more you do the better you feel!’
Exercise, even light exercise, has been proven to help lower high blood pressure, boost levels of HDL (the ‘good’ cholesterol) and decrease LDL (the ‘bad’ cholesterol) thus helping to prevent heart disease.
Exercise also helps to keep the blood flowing preventing any dangerous blockages in the arteries and thus decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Put the spark back into your sex life by taking up a regular exercise routine. If you are feeling out of shape or too tired you may avoid physical intimacy. Regular exercise can leave you feeling more energized, slimmer and toned which has a positive effect on your confidence and thus improving your sex life! Another bonus: Men who exercise regularly are also less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction!
Exercise stimulates endorphin production ‘the feel good chemical’ in our brain. One thing is known for certain about endorphins: their ability to make you feel oh-so-good. When endorphins lock into special receptor cells (called opioid receptors, because opiates also fit them), they block the transmission of pain signals and also produce a euphoric feeling — exactly like opiates. Endorphins act as both a painkiller and also give that euphoric feeling one sometimes gets when exercising. This in return can lift the mood and leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.
Next time, when you are feeling stressed, depressed or in need of a lift, you may find that an hour in the gym is just what you need to clear your head and put you back on an even keel!
Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep.
Not getting enough sleep has been linked to a huge list of mental and physical health problems, including those that stem from an impaired immune system. Our immune system is designed to protect us from colds, flu, and other ailments, but when it is not functioning properly, it fails to do its job. The consequences can include more sick days.
So it’s very important to get a good night’s sleep. Exercise done on a regular basis helps us to sleep well – Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep!
Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. 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 dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new.