When it comes to exercise, I have been doing it for years but never really had the passion behind it until this year.
Over the years I have made up so many excuses and I am sure that most if not all the people in the fitness has heard of or tried saying before.
A lot of my excuses consist of saying that I don't have the time as I am working crazy hours at work or I am going to a different event regularly but the only person this affects and that is myself.
Around Christmas time last year I had a conversation with my mate Callum and I was saying at how much I wanted to get active this year and the topic of doing a regular exercise event crossed our minds.
So with this in mind I decided to set up a 10 mile monthly walk and try to get people involved as this would really push me in to keeping active.
I have been an active gym member since 2012-2013 and I enjoy keeping it up as it is a space where I can shut off from the outside world and its where I can just focus on MYSELF!!
With exercise it has amazing health benefits and below are a selection of reasons why:
One of the most common benefits of exercise is that it helps you control and manage your weight. Exercise burns calories, which results in shedding pounds. Although rigorous exercise will burn more calories, even simple exercises such as a brisk walk can have a positive impact on weight loss.
Exercise doesn’t just keep you trim—it helps you stay healthy. Regular exercise increases your overall level of fitness, which in turn boosts your immune system and makes you more resilient to illnesses like the common cold. Combined with your regular vaccinations, physical exercise might just be your ticket to getting through flu season in one piece.
One of the reasons to exercise regularly is that it gives you energy. Rather than going for that second cup of coffee, a workout can help oxygen flow more freely throughout the body and give you a much-needed burst of energy to get you through the day. It also increases your overall stamina, which can help you stay energized for longer to begin with.
Exercise has been proven to provide a mood booster, as it releases chemicals into your brain that help you feel happier and can ease the effects of depression, ADHD, and anxiety. It can also allow you to sleep better at night, which is important to maintaining an overall good mood.
In addition to all of the immediate benefits of regular exercise, it can help you stave off health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes in the long term. Working out increases your “good” cholesterol and decreases your risk of serious medical issues, especially those pertaining to the heart.
Exercise can help with a myriad of health issues and it’s as easy as taking a simple walk. Try to work physical activity into your daily routine one step at a time!
As we are currently in Lock down, this means that gyms and sport centres are closed and this did cause my anxiety to rise but since then I have worked on different ways to fulfil my exercise.
I am now either walking or cycling to and/from work when I can and I now have challenges with my colleagues to keep doing well.
Just because we are in lock down, doesn't mean we can't stop exercising.
Use your daily exercise and maybe get involved with some YouTube videos.