You’ve heard it all before: exercise is good for you, can help you lose weight, blahblahblah. But, you’re busy with everyday responsibilities – job, family, children, home, etc. So it’s natural that getting started/continuing with exercise can seem overwhelming.
But have you seen it this way – making time to improve your fitness can help you bring MORE energy to your life! Finding even 5-10 minutes to squeeze in a quick workout can leave you feeling stronger, refreshed, and ready to take on your day.
In fact Health experts recommend that you get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, or 60 – 75 minutes of vigorous activity. The most recent research actually even favours the latter.
- Moderate activity includes things like walking, swimming, mowing the lawn.
- Vigorous activity includes high intensity weight training, kickboxing classes, or indoor cycling (including sprints).
Here is a blog post to remind you why you need to make time for exercise and fitness.
- Cut your risk of heart disease.
Working out strengthens your heart and improves your circulation, boosting blood flow and oxygen levels in your body. This helps lower your risk of high cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood pressure, heart disease, and heart attacks.
- Improve blood sugar and insulin levels.
This cuts your risk for type 2 diabetes – and also helps manage it if you’ve already developed it.
- Boost your mood and mental health.
When you work out, your body releases chemicals that help reduce stress, lift your mood and leave you feeling mentally refreshed.
- Build your bones and muscles.
Regular exercise can help build bone and also slow the loss of bone density that comes with age. Plus, strength training workouts can help you maintain / increase your muscle mass and strength.
- Improve your sleep.
It can help you fall asleep faster AND stay asleep longer.
- Cut your risk of some cancers, including breast, lung, colon, and uterine cancer.
- Improve your sex life. Yep!
Consistent workouts can cut your risk of erectile dysfunction and help improve function if you already have it. Exercise can also boost women’s desire.
- Keep your brain healthy.
Regular exercise encourages your body to release proteins and chemicals that improve your brain’s function and structure.
- Control your weight.
It helps you burn more calories, a key part of weight loss, and helps you build and maintain metabolically active muscle tissue.
- Lowers risk of falling.
Especially for older adults … doing balance and strength exercises (on top of moderate cardio workouts) can reduce the risk of falling down.
- Quit smoking.
Studies show that exercise can actually make it easier to stop smoking by cutting cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
- Improve longevity.
Being active helps protect you from dying early from the leading causes of death, like cancer or heart disease.
Bottom Line: Getting regular exercise is less of a time commitment than you may think, and the PAYOFFS are definitely worth it … both now and into the future!
Your fitness doesn’t have to suffer because you have a jammed schedule.
To help you in your fitness journey, we have launched an ebook – Time Crunch workout guide which contain a mix of strength work with moderate and vigorous-intensity conditioning exercises, which means they will help you cover all the bases.
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How are you doing with your fitness goals? Do let us know.