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Why Should I Exercise?

It might seem obvious, but exercise is good for you. It has so many benefits for our physical and emotional well-being. Here’s why you should exercise. 

Physical Health

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began it is reported that people are more concerned about their general health than ever before. So, it’s no wonder that more of us are deciding to try and improve our overall physical health through exercise. 

Disease Prevention: Regular exercise has been medically proven to reduce the risk of developing certain health conditions such as: 

  • Coronary heart disease  
  • Strokes 
  • Type 2 diabetes 
  • Some types of cancer 
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Broken bones and fractures- maintaining strong and healthy joints and muscle flexibility can reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.  

Weight Loss and Management: Exercising regularly can help with weight loss and management. Maintaining a healthy weight can decrease your risk of developing some of the conditions listed above. 

Increased Energy Levels: People who exercise often have improved energy levels and reduced feelings of fatigue. Many also say that they are more productive and focused.  

Cognitive Function: Physical activity has been linked to improved cognitive function and brain health. Enhancing memory and reducing risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia  

Mental Health

Regular exercise isn’t just great for our physical wellbeing, it’s also important for our mental wellbeing.  

Endorphins: When we exercise our bodies produce Endorphins, often referred to as the ‘feel-good’ chemicals because they really can make us feel good.  

Managing Anxiety: Some people who struggle with anxiety often experience restlessness as a symptom. Exercise of any form can provide a way to channel this feeling. Rhythmic exercises such as running or swimming have also had a proven calming effect on the body.  

Read more about the benefits of exercise and How Running Helps Your Mental Health

Improved Sleep: Regular exercise promotes better sleep patterns, getting regular and better sleep is good for your brain and mental health. Read about Why Sleep is Important and what you can do and what products you can include into your routine to improve your sleep such as Pillar Triple Magnesium and Puresports Unwind Nootropic Capsules.

Some Tips

If you’re thinking about getting into exercise and need a bit of help starting out then here are some tips: 

  • Start small: Whatever form of exercise you choose, consistency is way more important than how long you’re exercising for so even if you can manage a few short sessions a week that is much better than one really intense session. 
  • Take a friend: Starting a new exercise routine can be daunting. Having a friend come along can help keep you motivated and hold each other accountable. It’s also more fun and spending time with others can combat feelings of loneliness.
  • Variety: If you’re doing the same thing every time it can be very easy to get bored, maybe you run the same route every time you go out, or you’re doing the same routine at the gym. By varying your exercise routine you’ll be less likely to get bored and more likely to want to go and work out.  
  • Time: It can take a lot of time to start and keep up a new routine. Especially if you weren’t previously very physically active - it could take up to 8 weeks before you feel comfortable in your routine but don’t be discouraged this is completely normal! 

If you’re just starting out you may also find our range of nutrition guides helpful with discipline specific information and great advice for Sports Nutrition for Beginners. 

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