So, I know this already, but it doesn’t hurt to remind myself sometimes. Especially the impact that exercise has on other areas of my life – not just my physical health.
I remember when I was really ill nearly two years ago that my doctor told me I needed to do some form of exercise everyday to increase my metabolism and lose some of the weight the medication I’d been taking had caused me to gain. I was so desperate at the time that I followed her advice and was soon running, swimming and spinning as well as going to yoga and body combat. I need to get back in that frame of mind. I have the time to exercise since I reduced my hours at work so I have no excuse. I just need to decide to do it and follow through.
- Improved ability to think – better impulse control, faster processing and better memory.
- Improved energy levels – increased feelings of energy and reduced feelings of fatigue.
- Improved physical function – improved sleep, strength, balance and agility.
- Protection from illness – including lifestyle diseases and boosted immunity.
- Improved well being – reduced stress and depression, improved self-esteem. Studies show a positive correlation between our mood and the amount of fruit and veg we eat. We also feel more life satisfaction on the days we exercise.
- Increased opportunities to socialise and have fun – cooking with friends, running group, gym classes.
- Increased self-discipline – willpower and self-control are like a muscle, the more you work it, the stronger it gets. Regular exercise is linked to improvements in other areas e.g. spending, studying and emotional control.
- Slowed ageing – improves appearance and protects against loss of muscle.