COVID-19 brought a period to us that we never thought would come in our lifetimes. Businesses shut down and sports stopped utterly. We were forced to abandon our everyday lives. Many people out there are still working from home or fighting the consequences of the ongoing pandemic. One thing is for sure; we can all agree that being home all day, every day, is beyond dull. This can result in a significant loss of motivation to stay productive. The problem starts when we begin to get comfortable in our new circumstances. In this blog, I will discuss some of the fantastic benefits you will receive by staying productive and keep your body in top shape. You do not have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits.
Benefit #1: Exercise Improves Your Mental Functions
A strong mentality is arguably the most critical aspect of living a healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that regular exercise can relieve stress, provide more restful sleep, and dramatically boosts your overall mood. Exercise releases chemicals, such as endorphins and serotonin, that improve your mood. High-intensity aerobic exercise has been shown to have the most significant impact on your overall mental health. Examples of high-intensity aerobic exercises include using the stair master or elliptical machines.
Benefit #2: Exercise is Good for Your Muscles and Bones
Exercise plays a vital role in creating strong muscles and healthy bones. Exercise helps release certain hormones that help your muscles’ ability to absorb amino acids. This is what helps them grow. When we age, our bodies tend to lose muscle mass and function, leading to injuries and disabilities. Regular physical activity helps reduce muscle loss and maintain strength as you grow older. Exercise also builds bone density, which can help prevent conditions such as osteoporosis later in life.
Benefit #3: Exercise Can Help with Weight Loss
We all know about this one. Inactivity is one of the most significant factors in weight gain and obesity. Your body spends energy in three ways: digesting the food you eat, exercising, and maintaining bodily functions. Exercise can increase metabolism and the number of calories you burn in a day. You do not have to do hours upon hours of training each day to gain from the benefits it provides. Researchers have found that men who exercised hard enough to sweat for 30 minutes away lost an average of 8 pounds over three months, while men who worked out for 60 minutes a day merely lost 6 pounds over the same time frame. Some of the top exercises that will help you burn that extra couple of pounds include running, cycling, swimming, and abdominal workouts, to only name a few.
Benefit #4: Exercise Can Help You Escape Reality
After a hard day of work, there are few things you can do to clear your head and cleanse your body from stress and negative thoughts. Exercise is one of those things. Again, you do not have to do a 2-hour long workout to feel better (even though we sometimes feel like that would still be too short). A quick 20-30 minute workout can do wonders. It is more than enough to help you sweat out all those nasty toxins built up from being locked inside all day.
There you have it. If you genuinely want to stay safe and healthy during this worldwide crisis, consider staying active. Do not fall prisoner to laziness. Just because we are home all day does not mean we can’t remain active. You do not have to go to a gym or public space to do a quick workout. Stay tuned for my upcoming post, where I will provide sample workouts anyone can do from home.
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Hi there! My name is Rudo Loock. I am a former competitive swimmer from South Africa. I went to school and trained at Florida State University in the United States of America. I have always had a great passion for both writing and sport and now I have found a way to combine the two things I love most. My goal is to help you achieve great things you never thought were possible. I hope you enjoy my posts and dream big!