Get active: Exercise benefits your body

You roll out of bed and begin your morning routine. You grab a shower, wash your face, brush your teeth and stand in a towel, staring at this white square that sits on the floor. It is the dreaded scale – especially around the holidays. You know, in your heart, that you ate a few too many Christmas cookies and that you skipped the gym three, no, four times this week. And even though you want to pretend that the scale lies, you know that it only speaks the truth, and you, truly, gained 5 lbs. this week.

The truth of the matter is that exercise does not just benefit your bottom line, in respect to the scale. The activity, whatever it may be, is known to have many benefits, including:

  1. Weight control. We already know that exercise helps maintain weight, but we will add it to the list for good measure. Depending of the voracity of your exercise regimen, you can maintain your weight or lose weight. Staying active is the easiest way to control your weight. You do not have to commit to spending several hours a day at the gym. Rather, you just need 20 minutes per day.
  2. Increased energy. If you have noticed that your energy level seems to have waned, it can probably be attributed to your lack of exercise recently. Regular exercise helps to increase your energy levels. By staying active, you are ensuring that your body delivers the correct amount of oxygen and nutrients to your cardiovascular system. Begin working out regularly, and you will, more than likely, notice your household chores and daily activities will become easier.
  3.  Better mood. Life can be stressful. So what better way to blow off some steam than to hit the treadmill for a few minutes every day? Because the truth is that exercise can help put you in a better mood. Not only will it make you feel less depressed, but it will also help give you better outlook on your personal appearance. And, let’s be honest, who does not like to feel pretty or handsome?
  4. Improved sleep. If you struggle with falling asleep or staying asleep, exercise may be the answer for which you are looking. Exercising daily can help you fall asleep faster and snooze a little deeper. Our advice: avoid working out right before bedtime, as you may have too much energy to fall asleep.
  5. Healthy body. Regular exercise helps promote an overall healthy body. Healthy bones, muscles and joints are maintained through regular workouts. Create a weekly workout regimen and stick to it.

Bonus tip: Make exercising fun! Exercising should not be a chore; it should relieve tension and help strengthen your core. Make sure your workouts are enjoyable and challenging at the same time.

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