We have probably all been told to exercise at least once in our lives. From well-meaning relatives to gym teachers, to random strangers on the internet, someone is always telling us to improve our physical fitness. But why should we really do that? Is exercise that important? Isn’t it enough to eat okay and hope for the best?
The answer is: yes, you should be exercising. Maintaining your physical fitness is incredibly important for you to have a long, healthy life. Exercising is not just a secret campaign started by your PE instructor to torture you. It really makes a big difference in how you look and feel. Here are three of the biggest benefits of physical fitness.
Weight Loss and Management
This is probably the most obvious answer, so we will start with this reason. When you exercise, you are much more likely to lose or maintain your current weight. Having an ideal body weight is about much more than feeling confident or looking good in a pair of jeans. When you have a normal BMI, you are much more likely to have less health problems. You’ll also be able to do more and experience life when you can walk, run, or climb more easily. Weight loss is also an important factor in reducing the risks of developing diseases, which we will talk about next.
Improving your physical fitness is one of the best ways to improve your health. If you have ever gone to the doctor and gotten a poor report on your health, then you know that one of the things they prescribe is to begin exercising. This is because exercise helps your body function at its best. When you work out, you help stabilize your blood sugar levels and increase your body’s sensitivity to insulin. This prevents type 2 diabetes. Regular exercise also improves your heart’s health and reduces your risk of developing heart disease which can lead to both heart attacks and strokes. Exercise also prevents high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even some forms of cancer.
Improved Mental Health
Mental health is just as important as physical health, even though many people do not realize it. When you feel depressed or anxious, you can have difficulty performing basic tasks, much less doing anything productive or fun. When you exercise, you can help alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is a natural way to fight these difficult diseases. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which help you feel happy. Have you ever heard of the term “runner’s high?” That’s the result of endorphins. While exercise cannot cure depression and anxiety, it can help those who suffer from it tremendously.
Maintaining your physical fitness may not seem like fun but it is one of the most important things you can do for your health. You are also helping those who love you by taking care of yourself. The people around you want you to live a long and happy life and staying physically active is key to that. So, the next time you are debating on whether or not to go for a walk, hit the gym, or press play on an exercise video, do it! You deserve to be healthy.