With these improved fitness levels come a number of benefits which I will discuss in this article.
- INCREASED ENERGY LEVELS:- When you exercise your heart works harder to pump the blood through your body. As you continue to exercise the strength of your heart increases and it can pump more blood throughout your body, providing more energy to muscles where it is needed. Your other muscles also have to work harder as you exercise and this increases their stamina levels. The overall impact is improved energy levels for you.
- IMPROVED APPEARANCE:- Regular exercise will improve the way your body looks, even if this was not your original aim. By doing the exercises you will burn fat and tone your muscles. Even if you are targeting specific areas of the body with your fitness program, other parts will also show improvements. For example, if you are training to tone your arms, your chest and shoulders will also show some improvement.
- IMPROVED BODY RESISTANCE:- Regular exercise will allow your body to build a resistance to a number of ailments. If you suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or arthritis, exercising regularly can help reduce the symptoms. If you are exercising to improve your resistance to certain ailments it is advisable that you consult your doctor for advice. They will be able to tell you the best exercises for your particular condition. For example, intensive running is unlikely to be suitable for people suffering from arthritis.
- IMPROVED MENTAL CAPACITY:- There are a number of theories that suggest physical exercise can improve your brain. One theory is that the discipline of sticking to a training routine gives you the dicipline to organise your mind. Another suggestion is that when you exercise you empty your mind of the stress and worries associated with your life and become easily focussed. A third theory is that physical exercise triggers a feeling of happiness and relaxation because it promotes the release of additional chemicals (some believe endorphins, others believe anandamide).
- IMPROVED RELAXATION:- If you exercise regularly you have a number of slots each week which allow you to escape from everything else that is going on in your life. You can use this time to think about anything you want without any worries. This may be the only time you get to truly relax and escape from your ‘normal life’. Regular exercise also increases your body temperature and has a soothing effect which lowers your anxiety and stress levels and helps you sleep more soundly.