How did you wake up feeling this morning? Were you tired, sluggish, and uninspired about life? While there may be no one cure to help boost your desire for life, we at Chronic Pain Daily can think of one way to get you feeling better about life through exercise. To some, it is a dreaded word, and to others, it is a means of escaping reality for an hour and putting the headphones in and building your self-confidence. We want to provide some incentives to take away the stigma some belief comes from exercise. There is more positive than negative, we promise. There are different levels, and just because you don’t bench pressing 300lbs doesn’t mean you should feel sorry about your exercise. Did you know a mild 30-minute exercise every day has been proven effective in weight loss? Let’s go over some of the benefits below.
Exercise and Self Confidence
The phrase “look good feel good” often rings true, but to look good is subjective. If you don’t sound like a Victoria Secret model or men’s Fitness model, that doesn’t mean you can’t feel great about yourself. Exercise releases natural feel-good endorphins, so it’s no wonder you feel great after a challenging workout. When you feel good mentally, you feel good physically. You have a renewed energy, and you wake up in the morning feeling less sluggish. If you continue with a healthy diet and a consistent workout regimen, you will begin to see results in your body. You will feel accomplished about the hard work you’ve put in, and you will notice stress levels decreasing. Are these reasons not enough? I have more.
Exercise is a Natural Anti-Depressant
Going to the gym 3-4 times a week makes you feel better, period. Whether it is how you look at yourself, or how you feel inside, you will notice a boost in all parts of your life. You don’t need to live in the gym to reap these benefits, and you just need to go consistently. Exercise uplifts your mood throughout the day which in turn can help battle depression. Anti-depressants make you numb, and if you don’t want foreign and addicting substances in your body, opt for other options. Battling depression can interfere with sleeping habits, and exercise promotes better sleep. Depression messes with your internal clock, and your hours start getting backward. Falling asleep becomes easier, and you get more restful sleep. Don’t exercise close to bedtime; you may be too energized to fall asleep!
Exercise and Lower Cancer Risks
A study just recently released by JAMA Internal Medicine conducted by Harvard University showed the association of leisure time physical activity with 26 types of cancer in 1.44 million adults. Exercise shows to reduce substantially the risk of developing 13 different varieties of cancer. This isn’t new news, but it just solidifies what we already knew. Exercise is important, period. If you aren’t trying to lose weight, or get strong, using at least three times a week will improve the quality of your life, and give you extra years on this planet. Next time you find yourself with an extra 30 minutes to burn, take your dog for a walk around the neighborhood. Blow the dust off those weights and get your heart pumping. This is your life to live, make it count.