There are two key components that anyone who is trying to embrace and live a healthy lifestyle should keep in mind: physical activity and diet. Today, let’s focus on the physical activity aspect of this.
Exercising is important, but this doesn’t mean that you have to workout for hours every single day. Every step counts. Ideally, we’d exercise at least for an hour three times a week to keep our bodies in good shape.
Be as active as you can: try parking your car farther away so you force yourself to walk longer, take the stairs instead of the elevator, make a goal to walk your dog at least two times a day, play outside with your kids instead of handing them a tablet… Again, every step counts. If you include these tips into your daily routine and also workout a few times a week, you’ll start seeing results sooner rather than later.
Being active is not just about looking good, but also about feeling good. When we sweat, our brain secretes serotonin, better known as the happy hormone; that’s one of the reasons why we feel so good after we are done exercising.
Still not convinced? Here are some of the many benefits that physical activity will bring to your life:
- You’ll look better and, therefore, will feel better in your own skin. This will boost your confidence, and it will translate through your attitude at work and in your relationships with the people around you.
- It strengthens your immune system. Bye-bye, colds!
- It helps prevent heart attacks by decreasing the “bad” cholesterol (LDL).
- It helps control blood sugar levels.
- It reduces the risk of certain types of cancer by regulating insulin and hormones levels.
- It reduces levels of stress. Working out is one of the best antidepressants out there; plus, it’s free!
- It reduces menstrual cramps and some menopausal symptoms (attention women: no matter which day of the month it is, go and get your sweat on)
- It prolongs life. Staying active and keeping a balanced diet reduces the risk of premature death in both men and women.
Start easy, and take it one day at a time. Trust me, your body will thank you.