Okay so first of all I’m no fitness expert, in fact, I’m quite the opposite. I’m a skinny, underweight, 17 year old who struggles to lift weight that even most grandmothers could. And whilst that may be an exaggeration, unless of course your Nan is a bodybuilder, in which case congratulations as that’s pretty rad, I still believe that exercise and fitness are extremely important and something that everyone should at least try. I aim to go to the gym 4 times a week and then have 1 session of a Davina Intense Cardio at home (it’s great it includes shimmying). Whilst this may sound a lot you by no means have to go to the gym to workout, home workouts can be equally as rewarding and can take just 30 minutes. There are various home programmes you can do, some of which cost but so many are free, I recommend subscribing to Tony Horton on youtube (www.youtube.com/user/TonyHortonFitnessTV), he has lots of great free content that can really get you motivated. If that’s not enough to persuade you the here are my personal reasons why everyone should exercise…
- Self Confidence: Whilst I don’t recommend working out in order to get those shredded abs that will get you the girls, I do believe that exercise makes you feel more comfortable in your skin and therefore more self-confident. This obviously has many benefits in everyday life, not only will you look better, you will feel better to be you and that can only be a good thing.
- General Health: It is a scientific fact that exercise improves your general health and decreases the chance of getting life threatening diseases. This is a quote from MayoClinics.org ‘No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.’ So is a longer, healthier life enough of an incentive?
- On an Emotional Level: Exercise improves your mood. It is again a fact that physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. I know I didn’t believe it at first either but take it from me, someone who was super stressed with work from school and quite down a lot of the time. Working out regularly reduces stress and makes you feel happier about your life.
- Improves Energy Levels: Obviously if you’re fitter then you’re going to have more energy. Exercise improves cardiovascular endurance which therefore corresponds to having more energy. This means that there will be no more falling asleep in those Friday afternoon lessons.
- Exercise is Fun: This is by far the most important one. Many people are put off exercise due to the fact it seems like a chore to them and is boring. To that I say hell no. I agree riding a stationary bike for 30 minutes can be boring, however, exercise is completely customisable to your specific needs and the variety available nowadays means that it always remains fresh and never stale, as I imagine it would be doing the same workout week in, week out.
So I hope these 5 reasons have inspired you to even think about starting to exercise, and if so, I promise you won’t regret it. There are even more reasons I could have talked about and if you require more incentive then please, feel free to leave a comment. In the meantime keep smiling, Harrison 🙂