There are tons of benefits of physical fitness, some physical while some are psychological benefits of exercise. Either way, i can bet not a lot of people like exercises, which is rather ironical considering all we stand to gain.
We all love and want the results that come with them; the slender sexy beach bod and the masculine chiseled physic but we’d rather take a shortcut. “Get a surfboard stomach in 1 week after taking this” and all sort of crap remedies people are throwing money at these days.
Sadly those don’t work and sadly once again, i’m not here to feed that lazy human side of us. As a fitness junkie myself, you bet i’ll work you as hard as possible.
So without further ado, for all those who for one ridiculous excuse or the other have been running away from exercise, here are 10 benefits of physical fitness that ought to ginger you to the gym this weekend:
#1. It can make you feel happy.
One really wonderful aspects of the psychological benefits of exercise is the fact that it has been proven to reduce depression and anxiety by altering parts of the brain that control these emotions. What’s more is that exercise also increases the production of endorphins in the brain which promote a positive feeling and reduces the perception of pain.
#2. Weight loss as one of the benefits of physical fitness.
This is apparently the most obvious of all the benefits of physical fitness, probably the only one everyone else knows. If you’re obese, or you have a big tummy, or you just need to trim and keep fit, broda mi, sista mi…na your medicine be this. Quit the baseless excuses and get in the gym today.
#3. You grow some muscles!
Point taken, not everyone wants to be an Arnold Schwarzenegger. I personally would rather prefer a physique like Aj Allison’s. As long as your goal is to build some muscles, exercises will help you get there. Now for those of you lazy bones who believe all you need is the right steroids these guys may or may not be taking, although i don’t condone steroid use because of the many many bad things that could happen to a user, remember that it doesn’t work in isolation. You’d still require the heavy lifting you’ve been trying hard to avoid.
#4. It increases your energy levels
If you have the tendency to often become tired all of a sudden, forget any other form of medication. Studies have shown that 6 weeks of regular exercise reduced feelings of fatigue in 36 healthy people who complained of tiredness.
#5. Reduces risk of chronic diseases
Regular exercise has been proven to improve insulin sensitivity, cardiovascular fitness and body composition, while also decreasing blood pressure and blood fat levels.
#6. Exercise boosts confidence
Much like our first point mentioned above, one of the best psychological benefits of exercise is the confidence boost it gives you, and i’m a testimony to this. If you lift weights, you can testify that those first 10 to 20 minutes after you step out of the gym, and you’re feeling the pumping blood rushing through your veins, you feel like Superman, you feel like you could stop a bullet with your chest.
Even throughout the most of the day, you’re going to be left feeling upbeat and good about yourself.
#7. Better and longer sleep as one of the benefits of physical fitness.
Those with Insomnia ought to find this quite useful. The use of energy during workouts stimulates a recuperative process during sleep. In fact, a study discovered that 150 minutes of vigorous exercise per week can result in up to 65% increase in sleep quality. This also seems to be of more advantage to elderly people who tend to be affected more than young people by sleep disorders.
#8. Physical fitness activities improve sexual performance
See you people. This is the one you like the most, isn’t it? Well it’s true. Studies have shown that regular exercise improves ones sex life (oh thank God i exercise!). How it contributes to a better sexual life (for both males and females) is in its ability to strengthen our cardiovascular system, tone muscles, improve blood circulation and enhance flexibility.
A study found out that a simple 6-minute walk improved the Erectile Dysfunction of 41 men by as much as 71%.
Women aren’t left out too as a group of women in their 40’s recount being able to orgasm more frequently after incorporating more strenuous exercises like weights lifting and sprints.
#9. Clearer, sharper thinking
MedicinePlus says that exercise stimulates your body to release certain proteins that improve brain function, keeping your thinking sharper and clearer even as you age gracefully.
#10. Live forever!
Ok not literally, but research shows a direct relationship between living longer and exercising. It helps you dodge some of the leading causes of deaths in old age like Cancer and especially heart related diseases.
Allthese and more are the wonderful benefits of physical fitness and the psychological benefits of exercise.
Now over to you!
What exercises do you typically engage in? Personally, i eat everything iron and push ups. What’s yours?