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Can Regular Exercise Change Your Life?

Update Date: Dec 18, 2019 10:00 PM EST
Can Regular Exercise Change Your Life?
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When you don't feel well, problems appear to pile up. Perhaps you have some health challenges or you're stressed about money, work, or relationship issues. Ironically, what appears to be problematic is not the cause of your struggles. Although it might seem improbable, the root cause of your difficulties probably arises from a lack of exercise. When you move your body, your life moves in the right direction, too.

An exercise program can change everything for you. Regular exercise will dramatically improve the quality of your life. It's not magic; its science. Feeling great will have positive impacts on every aspect of your life.

Start an Exercise Routine

Moving your body will give you zest and vitality. In fact, all you need are 30 minutes a day to improve the quality of your health...and your life. If you're not sure where to start, then buy exercise books or read fitness blogs to help you figure it out.

If you find it hard to get motivated to exercise at all, look for affordable gym memberships in your city. A gym will give you the nudge you need. You can use state-of-the-art exercise equipment, join classes, and make new fitness-inclined friends. When you're in the right environment, you'll feel motivated to exercise.

Some Good Reasons to Exercise

As you exercise, you'll improve your health, reduce stress, and enhance strength and stamina. You will also find it easier to do more of the things you like to do. 

Besides improving your body, exercise has a positive effect on your moods and your ability to think clearly. Moving your body changes your internal chemistry and activates sluggish hormones. When aches and pains disappear, you'll have more mental clarity and physical energy to get things done.

Exercise spikes up endorphins, which will lift your mood. You'll also notice cognitive improvements-more alertness, clearer thinking, better memory. Regular exercise also restores good sleep habits and builds up your immune system. When you don't sleep long enough and deeply enough, your body doesn't fully recover; and when you don't reduce the amount of cortisol, the stress hormone, in your body, you weaken your immune system, making you more vulnerable to germs and toxins. In the long run, exercise will prevent or ameliorate serious health issues, such as osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

The primary reason we feel tired, bored, anxious, or confused by our daily routines is because of our sedentary lifestyles. When we move, we stimulate both the brain and body.

Best Types of Exercise

Although there are many ways to exercise, we can group them into three categories: stretching exercises, aerobic exercises, and strength-building exercises.   

  1. Stretching exercises improve the elasticity of muscle groups. Exercises like yoga will increase muscle tone, flexibility, control, and range of motion.

  2. Aerobic exercises increase breathing and heart rate. Exercises like swimming will strengthen your lungs, heart, and blood vessels.

  3. Strength-building exercises build up the size and power of skeletal muscle. Exercises like bodybuilding will enhance muscular strength, joints, and bones.

Ideally, your exercise should cover all three categories. 

Setting up Your Workout

If you're exercising three times a week for an hour, maybe Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you could set up one of two workouts.

Workout #1

Monday: Stretching for an hour. Eg. Yoga. 

Wednesday: Aerobics for an hour. E.g. Running.

Friday: Strength-building for an hour. E.g. Weight-lifting.

Workout #2

Monday: Stretching for 10 minutes, followed by aerobics for 20 minutes, and then followed by strength-building for 30 minutes. 

Wednesday: Stretching for 10 minutes, followed by aerobics for 20 minutes, and then followed by strength-building for 30 minutes. 

Friday: Stretching for 10 minutes, followed by aerobics for 20 minutes, and then followed by strength-building for 30 minutes. 

For variety, you could have different stretching, aerobics, and strength-building exercises for each workout.

By optimizing your physical health, you'll have the will and energy to improve every problematic area of your life.

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