A happier state of mind, more productive day and improved body confidence… better get your jog on and sweat it out! Some days getting off the sofa and getting a sweat on just sounds like too much effort. But we promise it’s worth it in the end- here’s why!
1. It will make you happier.
Exercise has been scientifically proven to decrease the chance of depression and improve overall mental health. As your heart rate goes up, your body releases endorphins, known as the ‘happy hormone’. This means you get a real feel-good factor once you’ve got a sweat on.
2. Keeping trim.
Usually keeping a healthy weight helps to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and lower blood pressure. It will also help you to maintain a healthy body weight, which will often increase self-esteem and body confidence- it’s a win-win situation!
3. Improve your skin.
Annoyingly tackling your skin is often a major part of most people’s teenage years. However exercise may be here to help! As your blood flow is increased, more oxygen and nutrients can reach the surface of your skin. This helps to keep it healthy and vibrant. Just make sure you wash any sweat off promptly after a workout as sweat sitting on your skin definitely won’t help!
4. Help you sleep better.
Exercise can contribute to more sound and restful sleep. Physical activity increases time spent in deep sleep, the most physically restorative sleep phase. You’ll feel more energised and ready to tackle your day.
5. Helps you to focus.
Exercise has been proven to grow not only your muscles, but brain cells too! Exercising will help you to focus, allowing you to ignore distractions and multi-task better. Try walking or cycling to school or college instead of driving- helping your brain and the environment!
Whilst some people may thrive on exercise, we know it’s not always everyone’s favourite thing. But you don’t have to pound hours on the pavement to gain some of these benefits. Try 7-minute workouts, or walking into school. Visit your local leisure centre for a swim, or maybe they hold a Pilates class? Social butterfly? Joining a sports team may be the way forward for you, check out your local area to find something that suits! Exercise is for everyone, how you get your dose is up to you!