Being physically active is a requirement for healthy living. Physical activity can improve your stamina, mental clarity and all around well being. According to the United States Surgeon General adults should participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. This exercise can be anything from taking fitness classes, to rock climbing.
Regular exercise can provide you with many benefits. These can effect your weight, energy, and your overall mood. Exercise is the power house of healthy living, its practice can provide you with instant gratification after crushing a difficult workout. It can also be a stress reliever after a long work week!
Anatomically, exercise has the power to help you sustain and or lose weight by boosting your ability to burn fat. With its regular practice it helps your body defend itself against diseases, infections and some cancers. Exercise can also improve cognitive clarity and lessen your stress level. To achieve weight loss all your body needs is for you to burn more calories than it intakes, which can be relatively simple if you remember that your body naturally burns calories with every movement it makes.
Psychologically, exercise boosts happy chemicals(endorphins) in the brain which give you that euphoric feeling after exerting all your stored energy during a workout. With that happy feeling you can also experience a higher sense of self-confidence. Who doesn’t love that? Psychologically it can also sharpen your memory and mental awareness. My favorite two mental benefit is that can increase your relaxation and help you tap into your creative side.
I could go on and on about the benefits of exercise, as well as spend days trying to convince you of the beautiful universe of cycling. But, I will let you decide for yourself as to what you want to do with your 150 minutes this week. It doesn’t matter what you decide to do as long as it keeps you sweating and doesn’t feel too intense! Don’t forget that your body is a lot stronger than you think! Don’t give up this week, ease into your fitness routine, and keep up the good work! ❤
“It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.”