Despite the fact that I love working out, I occasionally have a day in which I’m not particularly enthused about doing so. Whether the issue is a perceived lack of time or growing boredom with my workout routine, there are periods of my life in which I find myself a bit indifferent towards the concept of devoting an hour of my day to intense physical activity. Despite this fact, however, I almost always work out irrespective of whether I’m initially opposed to doing so. Why? Because I’m aware of all the awesome health benefits that result from exercising. And you should be, too. Here are three:
1. Exercise Aids Digestion.
Although you might already be aware that exercise can contribute to weight loss and improve mood, you might be unaware of the fact that it can aid your digestive processes also. In discussing the benefits of exercise, registered dietitian Maria Adams notes that “Regular exercise helps keep foods moving through your digestive system, reducing constipation.” Thus if you have been struggling with your efforts to pass food through your system with relative ease, starting a workout plan can be of great assistance to you. Some exercise routines you might try implementing include circuit training, jogging, yoga, or spin classes. An exercise class can be particularly beneficial for individuals who are new to the world of exercise and want assistance from a group fitness instructor as well as moral support from other class attendees.
2. Exercise Boosts Immunity.
In discussing benefits of exercise, chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise Cedric Bryant notes that physical activity can protect you against debilitating conditions such as colds and flus. In discussing the matter, he notes that “Every sweat session you do can help strengthen your immune function for about 24 hours.” This information is important, especially for individuals who find themselves constantly struggling to boost immunity. If you are highly susceptible to diseases, consider implementing a workout program that you enjoy such as several swimming sessions each week or regular trips to your neighborhood gymnasium where you can lift weights and run on the treadmill. When I use the gym at my apartment, I generally spin or use the elliptical.
3. Exercise Entails Calorie-Burning When You Are At Rest.
Individuals interested in burning calories for the purpose of losing or maintaining weight will be happy to note that exercise does this in more ways than one. According to exercise experts, every 100 calories burned during your workout entails burning 15 more calories when you are at rest. Thus if you burned 300 calories during a three-mile run, you would use up 45 more during the remainder of the day. This is great news for individuals whose life outside their fitness routine is relatively sedentary!
Although many people want to exercise in order to obtain maximum health, they lack the motivation necessary to do so. While there are many motivating factors that can enable you to overcome your resistance to the adoption of a workout program, knowing all of the great benefits that can result from working out can be particularly efficacious. If you’re feeling indifferent or hostile towards the concept of exercise despite your awareness that you should do so, review all of the benefits listed above in order to get yourself going. Good luck!
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