Hey guys! I’m so excited to be writing about Fitness on Maky’s Corner. I hope this helps someone to kick start working out and generally having a lifestyle change. I remember when I told some of my friends that I was pregnant, 80% of them had this response before they even said, Congratulations!
“PLEASE, STOP WORKING OUT! You don’t want to lose your baby with your jumping around o, just take it easy, you can go back to working out after delivery.” Rather than having an argument with anyone of them, I just smiled and said, thank you. I was six weeks at that time and just finished running 150km a challenge. Over the years of being a fitness enthusiast, not only does being fit helps to look and feel better, it goes beyond that. If you want to live longer, have more energy and feel better from the inside, you should really incorporate fitness to your everyday life. I’ve also read of stories when couples are told to lose weight to increase their chances of conceiving. It’s very hard to ignore the numerous health benefits that regular exercise provides. If you need a further push, read these few ways that exercise can improve your life.
1: Exercise Prevents Weight Gain
Any form of exercise; from Walking to Running to Kegel to Yoga can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. The more calories you burn, the more weight you lose. You don't need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can't do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, taking a long walk instead of the bus.
2: Exercise Boosts Your Mood
Whenever I’m feeling low, I go for a long run! If I had a bad day, I lift weights! This might sound crazy but exercise works like magic when you need an emotional lift. A 20-minute spin class or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
3: Exercise Boosts Your Energy
Tired from household chores or shopping or work? You’ll be surprised how much energy can be restored from working out. Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.
4: Exercise Helps To Sleep Better
I used to be the type that tosses and turns in bed trying to fall asleep. The moment I had a lifestyle change, I stopped taking Tylenol Pm to sleep. Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don't exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.
5: Exercise Sparks Your Sex Life
This has to be one of the major perks you’ll enjoy when you incorporate fitness into your schedule. Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. But there's more to it than that. Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don't exercise.
6: Exercise Is Fun
Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. I enjoy praying and singing when I go for a run. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. So, take a dance class, join a fitness challenge, join a fitness club or join a yoga class. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. The moment you start getting bored with a particular routine, switch things up and try something new.
Above all, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you haven't exercised for a long time, or if you have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, or you have any concerns.