Getting fit and healthy isn’t exactly one of the easiest things to do and no one has ever said that it is. It takes a serious amount of hard work, commitment and dedication and there can certainly be trials and tribulations along the way – I’m talking obstacles such as injury, loss of motivation and party season.
With Christmas fast approaching and the festive season in full swing, you probably already know what I’m talking about. Dragging yourself to the gym and bearing the freezing cold temperatures can sometimes seem like an impossible task, especially once you’re back to the warmth and comfort of your own home. (Tip: avoid that at all costs. Pack a gym bag in the boot of your car and go straight to the gym from work. That way, you won’t know what you’re missing until you’re home and able to bask in all of your home’s glory!)
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We know that we should be healthy but actually turning those thoughts into actions is the hard part – and sometimes it’s way harder than it should or needs to be. So without further ado, here are the ten reasons you need to get fit and healthy again.
- Bundles of energy
Once you start working out regularly, you’ll be shocked at just how much energy you have to burn. Say goodbye to that awful sluggish feeling you normally experience throughout the day, usually followed by a sleepless night.
They say we shouldn’t give to receive, but you certainly do when it comes to exercise. The energy you use when exercising is certainly returned with a huge bonus of added energy too. When we exercise and make our bodies work hard, more oxygen is delivered around the body and this creates added energy. That’s why despite feeling initially defeated after a workout, you usually feel much better and energetic afterwards.
- Add on the years by being healthy
Exercise can help you live longer. It’s believed that being overweight and inactive is a dangerous combination that can actually shed over seven years off of your life span! Think of how much you could achieve in that lost time. Whereas if you exercise regularly, it’s said you gain years.
- Give yourself a better chance of avoiding nasty diseases
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Fitness is the key to a longer life and that’s not exactly rocket science, is it? Not exercising can lead to an unhealthy cholesterol, elevated blood pressure and obesity, none of which are good for your body. By adding fitness to your daily life, you’re helping to lower your chance of heart disease.
- Sleep better
Exercise is amazing for many reasons, but one of the best ones is that it helps ensure a better night’s sleep. If you struggle to get to sleep when it comes to hitting the pillow or you suffer with insomnia, it could be due to the fact you’re not getting enough exercise.
Exercise helps to tackle chronic insomnia due to it’s effects on the body clock. Even if you don’t suffer with chronic insomnia, exercise is still one of the best ways to make sure you sleep like a baby. If you’re exhausted by the time you hit the pillow then you’re not going to have much time to think about much before you nod off.
If you’re exercising to see results then getting enough sleep is an absolute must. Your body needs at least seven, but preferably eight hours sleep to work at its best. It’s during sleep that your body releases growth hormones and that’s when muscle recovery occurs, so don’t skip hitting the sack.
- Live, don’t just survive
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There’s no point living for years if you can’t do all the things you want to do, is there? By remaining healthy and active, it means you’re far less likely to end up spending your years in an outdated armchair with nothing to do but watch repeats of rubbish daytime television.
- Money talks
One of the reasons to get regular exercise is that it will keep medical costs down. Exercise is free but prescriptions and medicines aren’t – remember that. Healthier people are more expensive to treat than those who are obese, but before you gasp in horror, here’s why… It’s more expensive to treat healthy individuals in the LONG RUN because they live far longer than those who are obese. Essentially, healthier people cost more to treat over a lifetime because they live far longer than those who aren’t.
- Like what you see in the mirror
This is probably the biggest reason behind most people getting to the gym, at least certainly to begin with. Once people are used to a healthy lifestyle then other factors start to make a difference too, but to begin with, looking good is one of the main reasons people originally sign on the dotted line and get themselves a gym contract.
Depending on what you want to achieve, you can burn the calories and trim the fat or tone up and build a little bulk. Find an exercise plan that works for you. If you want to look slim with no wobbly bits in a bikini then click here.
If you don’t like what you see in the mirror then only you can change it. Having body confidence will make a huge difference to how you hold yourself and you’ll feel amazing with your clothes both on and off.
- Feel better physically AND mentally
Exercise isn’t just great for the body – it’s also a fantastic way to keep your mental health in top top condition too. Exercising for the recommended time just three times a week can improve mental health by 60% and tackle the symptoms of depression. If you suffer with anxiety, stress or depression, try using exercise instead of medication. It might be the answer you’ve been looking for all these years! Of course, do this gradually and consult your doctor beforehand.
Well guys, what more do you need? There’s no excuse to not be hitting the gym or joining some fitness classes now, is there?