Many people say they need to exercise, or they need to lose weight, or they need to look better in a bathing suit. Sometimes, hearing someone talk about adopting a personal fitness program can sound like they’re attempting to choke down a bitter pill, and all too often the topic of physical fitness is relegated to the corner of the mind reserved for chores and unpleasant tasks.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
The truth is that exercise has been proven to improve health in a number of ways, the resulting benefits are staggering, and it’s far more enjoyable than taking your medicine.
In short, the right personal fitness program, administered by the right personal trainer, can change your life. Some things to consider:
- Exercise relieves stress – Workouts work up chemicals in the brain that affect mood and can ward off depression. According to a report by The Mayo Clinic, moderate to rigorous exercise boosts endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killers, which can contribute to a “feel good” effect and lessen anxiety. Exercise also unifies your body’s various systems (cardiovascular, muscular, etc.) in achieving a common goal, which helps to regulate your worries. In addition, simply focusing on the task at hand can provide a much-needed distraction from day-to-day strife, and steer you away from troubling thoughts.
- It boosts energy levels (and beyond) – Movement increases circulation and promotes better blood flow, which in turn delivers oxygen to your body’s muscle tissue. This not only heightens your immune system, but has been shown to boost everything from your sex drive to brain function.
- It improves sleep – Studies have shown that daily, moderate-intensity exercise can contribute to better, more restful sleep. There are several schools of thought as to why, but the leading theory is that a person’s body temperature rises when they exercise, and the ensuing drop – or cool down – promotes drowsiness. As mentioned, exercise can also have a mitigating effect on worry and anxiety, which is often a predominant factor in insomnia.
- It can ward off disease and illness – Exercise promotes healthy hearts and bones, and helps to control weight, which can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and greatly reduce the risk of diseases from cancer and heart disease to type 2 diabetes, stroke, dementia, and depression.
Regular, routine physical activity is the key, and specialists recommend 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per day.
Fitness Together Ellicott City can help you establish a personal fitness program that is tailored to your skill and comfort levels, and our certified personal trainers can assist you in setting reasonable goals and will help you achieve them. Call us today at (410) 750-2228.