There’s no doubt about it that we all live busy, time-starved lives. This means that even though we recognise that exercise is good for our health and for managing weight loss, fitting it in every day often becomes a last priority. The good news is, you don’t need to exercise for hours every day to reap powerful benefits. You also don’t need a gym membership or fancy equipment!
There are many simple forms of exercise that are easy for people of all ages to get started on doing- going for a walk, jogging, cycling, swimming or using resistance bands are activities that can be scheduled for 20-30 minutes a day even for those of us who are busy. Simply don your training shoes, throw on your swimsuit, or grab your exercise band and get moving in your living room, and you can have a well-rounded exercise routine
It might seem surprising, but spending just 20-30 minutes each day is all that it takes to reap powerful benefits for both your short-term and long-term health and wellness. Let’s look at some of the lesser known reasons for getting that body of yours moving!
1- Stronger Bones
Being physically active is important for preventing osteoporosis and maintaining strong bones for life. Doing both weight bearing activities such as walking, jogging, hiking, and low-impact aerobics, as well as load-bearing activities where you work to strengthen your muscles against gravity by lifting weights or using an elastic exercise band will help to build your bones and muscle strength. By doing these kinds of exercises for 30 minutes every day, your bones will become stronger (and so will your muscles!) and you will have a strong and fit body into old-age.
2- Increased Energy and Mental Clarity
Even when you are feeling physically and mentally tired from a long day at work or study, it is worth it to make the effort to get your body moving. Exercising increases blood flow in your body which helps to deliver more oxygen to the brain, elevates the feel good hormone serotonin, and ends up boosting your energy levels. Additionally, regular physical activity can help keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp. Doing physical activity, even for just 15-20 minutes a day, has also been shown to slow the loss of brain tissue as you age and can reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly.
3- Improved Mood
When you are feeling down, move your body to get uplifted again. Exercise helps to release endorphins that are known to uplift your mood and which also fight depression by increasing serotonin levels. Physical activity can also help you to have better quality sleep which also helps you to feel better overall and to think more clearly. What an easy way to get out of the blues!
4- Decreased Risk of Disease
Getting around 2.5 hours of exercise into your week can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, as well a Type 2 Diabetes and metabolic disease. Regular exercise also lowers blood pressure and improves cholesterol levels and controls blood glucose levels in the body. On top of that, exercise is also known to reduce the risk of colon and breast cancer. What better reason do you need to get moving today?
5- Increases Your Chances of Living Longer
Science shows that physical activity can reduce your risk of dying early from the leading causes of death, making physical activity the easiest way to have a major impact on your health. Exercise doesn’t even have to be in high amounts or in vigorous levels to reduce your risk of premature death. Finding an enjoyable form of exercise that you can slot into your schedule is worth it if you can live a longer and healthier life.
If you have been looking for another reason to exercise, then thinking of your overall health and wellbeing could be just the thing to consider when you are wanting some extra motivation to move your body a little bit every day.