Most people would agree that exercise is never a bad thing. It is something we are always told to do more of, and it is generally accepted that people who do very little exercise will likely suffer, in some way or another, as a result.
But why is exercise good for you? Is it just the physical act of moving your body that makes it beneficial or are there other health benefits alongside the obvious ones?
In this article we will look at the top 5 reasons why exercise is good for your health, and we’ll explain each one in detail.
1. Exercise helps to keep your muscles strong
First and foremost, exercise helps to keep your body strong. Specifically, exercising makes your muscles work and this in turn keeps them strong. After all, our muscles are made to work, that is what they want to do and the act of working helps to maintain, and improve, muscle strength.
This doesn’t mean that you have to be lifting heavy weights, it could be something as simple as walking, which is making lots of muscles in your body work and is very good for you.
The opposite of this would involve sitting completely still all day every day. This would be very bad for your body and would result in your muscles becoming gradually weaker over time.
2. Exercise improves your cardiovascular system
Your cardiovascular system is a term used to describe the system that your body uses to circulate blood, oxygen, and nutrients around your body and at the same time remove other waste products such as carbon dioxide.
If you are not used to doing much in the way of exercise, then you will likely get tired very quickly when you start. Perhaps you will also get out of breath easily. This is a result of your cardiovascular system being out of shape and not being able to transport these items to your muscles quick enough once they start to work hard.
This system will improve itself naturally if you undertake regular exercise. This is very beneficial to your body as a whole because a strong cardiovascular system means all of the important muscles and organs in your body get what they need and get it efficiently.
3. Exercise improves your Energy levels
Even though exercise can be quite hard – for example if you go out for a run it requires a fairly high level of effort, and motivation. Also, when you are performing a strenuous exercise it will make you feel tired because you are using lots of effort.
However, when you finish exercising it tends to make you feel more energetic. This isn’t just a physical effect either, it is more of a spiritual one. If you regularly exercise you will feel like you have more energy in general. Some people would call this your “chi” or your life energy. Regularly exercising is one of the keys to harnessing your chi energy and can be a very powerful force in your life.
4. Exercise improves your mental well-being
Have you ever heard of the expression “healthy body, healthy mind”? Well there is a lot of truth in that saying and it encompasses reason number 4. If you regularly exercise you will improve the health of your mind.
This is partly due to the fact that you are keeping your body healthy, as your mind is part of your body. But it is also due to the fact that exercise is a form of self-improvement and the act of improving one’s self provides you with a sense of achievement – it is essentially a way of controlling your life. In fact, if you want to get philosophical about it then you could say that exercise is a way of controlling your own destiny.
5. Exercise helps you with social skills
This isn’t necessarily an obvious benefit, but it is definitely a legitimate one. There is of course an obvious way in which exercise can help you socially; if you do any sort of group exercise such as going to the gym or going to an exercise class, then it is a great way to meet and socialise with new people.
A less direct benefit is that exercising makes you more confident, it gives you something to talk about and it helps you to believe in yourself. This in turn can make you a more confident and outgoing person and as a knock-on effect from this you will naturally become better at socialising.
That brings us to the end of this article. Hopefully, you now have some new ideas and insights into the benefits of daily exercise. If you have found any of these tips insightful then hopefully it will encourage you to do more exercise and to live a healthier lifestyle.