We hear all the time how exercise is important to our well being, and that Americans should do more than we are doing now. Lack of exercise is one of the main reasons why our nation has a wide ranging obesity problem. But, you may ask, exactly what are the benefits of exercise? How does it make your health better?
Burn Baby Burn
One of the big benefits of exercise comes from increasing your basal metabolic rate (BMR). With consistent exercise, you will increase your BMR, which is defined as the amount of energy your body burns while at rest. And that’s a good thing. First off, a higher BMR means that you have a high caloric requirement just to make it through the day, which means that if you kept your diet the same you would still lose weight as your body increased its percentage of lean muscle mass. You increase your BMR by increasing your muscle mass, even if it’s only by the smallest amount.
A Good Tired
Study after study has shown that regular exercise contributes to a feeling of well-being, making your happier and more at ease as you go about your daily life. Anecdotally, you know for yourself. Have you ever left an exercise session feeling worse than you did coming in? You might have been more tired, but it was, as they say, a good tired. Studies also show that exercise reduces stress and promotes a positive self-image, which grows as your exercise routine whips your body into shape. A number of other studies also have shown that regular exercise is one of the best ways to prevent falling into a depression.
Looking Good Naked
One of the main benefits to exercise is weight loss, and being leaner does more than just have you like your reflection in the mirror more. Leaner living means your critical organs have to work less hard to keep you going. The main benefit: your heart doesn’t have to pump as hard to circulate your blood, which can add years to your life. The best way to keep the pounds off over a period of time is to practice low-intensity cardio exercise, which can also have the added benefit of building muscle mass.
So, establish a routine that keeps you exercising. Set goals. Buddy with someone on working out. Measure your progress. Keep pushing yourself by adding time, miles and weights to your workouts. As you continue with your exercise routine you will find that your overall health is as good as your body is starting to look.