The benefits of regular exercise extend far beyond just looking good. Don’t get me wrong, a 6-pack and bulging biceps are nice, but your life will be improved far beyond your new improved look.
Let’s be honest.
The majority of people start a fitness program because they want to look good.
They may be going on holiday, be getting married or some other important social event.
This is fine, I’ve been there.
I didn’t get into fitness because I wanted to be healthy, I simply wanted to look better and have massive arms!
What happened next was that I fell in love with all the other benefits that fitness brings to my life.
In this post, I am going to explore my favourite benefits of exercise. Each of these benefits will improve your life for the better.
At the end, you will hopefully be motivated to exercise a little bit more once you discover all of the amazing benefits it will bring.
The Benefits Of Regular Exercise
Look & Feel Better
We have just briefly touched on this point above.
Looking better is the first benefit that we will look for when starting to exercise.
We want to look more toned, have a flat stomach and look amazing when walking down to the beach or turning up to a family gathering.
On the other hand, this is actually one of the reasons that people quit exercising.
Looking good from exercise can take a long time, especially if you haven’t been active for a while.
You may have a long way to go. It will take time.
People don’t want to wait. They want the results within a couple of weeks and sometimes it just isn’t possible.
Once you start to look good you will instantly start to feel good.
You will be happier, not only in the way you feel but also in the way you treat others. This makes for a healthy and happier life.
Boost Confidence & Self Esteem
These benefits link perfectly with the benefit that I have just talked about.
Once you start to look good you will feel good. Once you feel good what happens?
You become more confident!
Being more confident can help you in so many ways. A confident attitude can help to positively influence the people around you.
Think about some people in your life that are always negative. How do you feel about these people Inspired?
Being more confident will have the opposite effect. If you happen to be around happier, confident individuals then you are more likely to want to spend time with them more.
You are also more likely to be influenced by that person.
This means if you are confident and happy then you can help influence your family to act the same way and also be happy in their own lives.
As well as increased confidence, you will also experience a higher level of self-esteem.
Self-esteem is very similar to confidence.
Self-esteem is shaped by your thoughts, experiences and relationships. In a nutshell, self-esteem is your overall opinion of yourself.
Your self-esteem reflects how you feel about your abilities and limitations. When you have a healthy self-esteem you feel good about yourself and see yourself as deserving the respect of others.
Prolong and increase quality of life
When you start to exercise consistently a few things will start to happen naturally. One of these is that you start to make more conscious decisions regarding your lifestyle.
This could be nutritional. You could decide to control your diet better to help supplement the amount of exercise you are doing.
After all, as people say – you can’t out exercise a bad diet.
When you better manage your nutrition you will start to look better, but more importantly, your body will start to become more healthy.
By making these lifestyle improvements, statistically, you will live a longer life than somebody who doesn’t exercise.
One study found that if you are classed as obese and very inactive then you run the risk of shaving 7 years from your lifespan.
On the other side of the spectrum, if you spend around 300 mins per week of exercise you can increase your lifespan by over 4 years.
I know these numbers aren’t exact and won’t apply to everybody. After all, you could get run over by a bus tomorrow, but it does help to have the odds stacked in your favour.
Not only will you live longer, you are more likely to lead a better quality of life compared to somebody who doesn’t exercise.
All these tips are linked. Think back to what we have already talked about.
If you exercise you will look better. When you look better you will feel better. This will bring you more confidence and better self-esteem.
These qualities will enable you to be happier and have a better quality of life.
If you are fitter you will be able to spend better quality time with your loved ones. Also, chasing after the kids on a playing field suddenly won’t feel that bad!
Increase Sleep, Mood & Mental Health
Enjoying a better quality of sleep is one of the healthiest things that you can do.
When you sleep your body will repair and rejuvenate.
Not only will your muscles recover from the exercise that you have performed, but also your brain will recover too.
Better sleep will help you wake up feeling refreshed, motivated and ready to tackle anything that the day may throw at you.
Nobody is good company after a shit nights sleep!
Your mood will also be improved by performing consistent exercise.
When you exercise, your body will release a number of chemicals known as endorphins.
Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain and will trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
People have often described the feeling after a workout as euphoric.
Research suggests that regular exercise can help specific mental health problems.
In general, people who are fit and exercise regularly have less anxiety and depression than people who don’t regularly exercise.
Physical health is at the forefront of society these days. Mental health is one of those things that may get neglected.
Mental health can be more important than physical health. If you head isn’t right then you will struggle.
Increase Muscle & Bone Strength
If you have ever exercised regularly then you will know that you can get sore from time to time
When first starting out it can get pretty bad.
You know what they say – No Pain, No Gain!
Our bodies are sore because when we exercise we start to damage our muscles and break down the fibres within them.
From here the body will start to heal the muscle and repair it stronger than it was beforehand
This is why adequate rest is crucial to making progress.
Over time, your muscles will continue to get stronger. The benefit of this is that everyday task that you perform will now become easier.
This could something simple to getting out of your chair or playing with your kids outside.
It’s not just your muscles that will become stronger. Your bones will also benefit.
They will become strong, and more importantly, they will become denser.
Increasing your bone density can provide many benefits. Strong bones will not only provide strength and support for your body. They will also improve posture and appearance.
Having strong and dense bones will also help decrease the risk of osteoporosis in later life.
As we age, our bones will become more weak, less dense and start to become brittle.
The older we get, the more these problems will occur.
It is estimated that men and women over the age of 35 experience on average a bone loss of 1% per year.
I bet you thought that you wouldn’t be experiencing problems like this in your thirties?
Bone loss will not cause you problems immediately. It’s often too late to improve bone density when problems actually arise.
This is why you should start now!
Regular exercise can increase your bone density so that you can combat these problems as we reach our later years.
The points that I make above are my favourite benefits of exercise. Sure, there are a lot more benefits than the couple I mentioned in this article.
However, I think the ones that I cover above are some of the most important.
I hope you enjoyed reading. If you have any more favourite benefits of exercise share them with me in the comment section below or on my Facebook or Instagram pages.