One of the commonest reasons for women to hit a gym or take up any form of exercise is to get a slimmer body. However, following a regular fitness regime can give you several other physical and mental benefits along with improving your quality of life. Here is how.
Helps you de-stress
So you have had a bad day at work or had an argument with your spouse? Feeling low or over stressed? Well, exercising is a great way to uplift your mood and overcome stress. This is because exercising releases endorphins that boost feeling of happiness. It can even help in curing from anxiety or depression in the long run.
Exercise even helps in boosting your confidence level. The logic is simple! When you are physically fit, you feel attractive, which in turn gives a new high in self esteem.
Fights health problems and diseases
Exercising can help you combat various health problems such as heart diseases, cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity, depression, arthritis, stroke and metabolic syndrome, among a few others.
Increases your life expectancy
People who exercise regularly stay fit physically and mentally and live longer than the ones who do not. Studies have indicated that you add two hours to your life expectancy with every hour of exercise.
Increases your energy level
Regular exercising improves blood circulation and also strengthens your muscles. It helps in disbursing oxygen and various essential nutrients to your tissues and promotes smooth functioning of your cardiovascular system. Strengthened muscles and healthy heart mean greater physical strength and energy.
Promotes better sleep
Sleeping disorders such as insomnia, restless legs syndrome and sleep deprivation are quite common these days. It has been observed that those who exercise habitually can easily fall into a deep slumber almost instantly and enjoy a sound sleep. However, make sure you are not exercising just before the bedtime as it may energize you and keep you awake.
Sharpens your memory and creativity
Certain exercises pump your heart and sweat glands, which turn augment the size of hippocampus – the part of the brain that controls thinking, verbal learning and memory.
It has been observed that those who take out time to exercise daily are far more energetic and more productive as compared to those who sit ideally for most part of the day.
Promotes a better sex life
Studies reveal that regular exercise has a positive impact on your sex life too. Exhaustion and lethargy that keeps us from indulging in the act can be combated with regular exercising. It also improves blood circulation in the body which is quite essential for enjoying the intercourse.
A chemical called dopamine is released by our brain, giving us a ‘high’ when we indulge in any kind of pleasure activity such as alcohol, nicotine, drugs, food or sex. It is the craving for this particular chemical that causes addiction to these substances. However, exercising too releases the same chemical and thus a better way to handle negative addictions and withdrawal symptoms.
Just spare 30 – 45 minutes a day for exercise from your hectic schedule and see the beautiful difference it makes to your life!