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Five Reasons You Should Exercise More

Five Reasons You Should Exercise More

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I’ve always loved exercise, fitness and I are no stranger.  I’ve spent most of the past year working out at home, but with the Littlest turning one this month I’ve been feeling like it’s time to get back into keeping myself fit and healthy with a passion!

After re-joining my pre-baby gym, I spent a few days finding my feet with the equipment.  I then had a program drawn up by one of the trainers.  Having always trained by myself, this was a real eye-opener for me.  My trainer put me through my paces for around an hour, reintroducing me to the world I know and love!

Even though I have continued to exercise, doing it in the gym feels different.  The environment makes me work harder and the latest equipment makes working out much easier than you’d think.  So in light of my reignited passion for working out, here are five reasons why you should get more exercise:

Exercise boosts your energy levels.

When you first start exercising it can seem completely knackering.  Stick with it though, because once you start to become a little fitter your energy levels will increase.  You’ll eventually want to work out even more.   I for one always feel more lethargic if I haven’t been active enough during the day.  Even if it’s just a walk around the block, I guarantee it’ll make you feel alive!

Exercise reduces blood pressure.

This can only be a good thing, right?  In this day and age our lives can be so stressful.  Juggling work, children and everything else in between can see our blood pressure rising.  Taking a little time out to exercise can help to reduce stress and bring blood pressure back down to where it should be.

Exercise can improve your mood.

Depression and anxiety can be difficult to over come.  A lot of the time exercise will be the last thing you feel like doing.  However, if you can find it in yourself to push towards doing even a little, it often helps to lift your mood.  As an anxiety sufferer, I can vouch for the benefits that exercise has had on my mental health.  I find working out gives me the focus I need to distract myself from anxious thoughts and feelings.

Exercise can help you get better sleep.

This ties in well with the improvement of mood through exercise.  Not only are we wearing ourselves out a little more than usual, but our minds and bodies will feel more rested.  No more going to bed with an overactive brain, imagine the benefits you’ll reap from a good nights sleep!

Exercise can be fun!

Not all exercise is hard or boring.  There are so many different things you can do: classes, swimming, walking, running and many more.  You may have to try a few different activities to find what you like most, but wouldn’t it be great if you were exercising and having fun at the same time?

 

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84 Replies to “Five Reasons You Should Exercise More”

  1. Oh you’re so right – exercise really does improve your mood – that release of endorphins just boosts you for the day! I’m so glad it helps you with your anxiety – such a good reason to continue! Oh and the sleeping well – yes! #MarvMondays

  2. I really need to get back to the gym! I was really on it for ages, and then all of a sudden I was back at work, trying to keep up with the blog, the kids, the house, etc and before I knew it I hadn’t been for 3 months…. I always feel on top form when I’m going regularly, so I must try and find time! #marvmondays

  3. I am hopeless when it comes to exercise yet all these reasons to do it are exactly what I need in life right now….. you may just have inspired a lazy mama <3 xx #dreamteam

  4. I am hooked on exercise, I get quite grumpy if I have more than a day of sitting down working #MarvMondays

  5. oh i know i should exercise more, but i live in Dubai and it’s just so hot here for outdoor activities and the gyms cost so much, i did go swimming this morning in the sea, at least we have life guards there now
    #TriumphantTales

  6. oooooh I need to get my ass into gear with exercise, I used to be addicted to the gym then a back problem has floored me and I can walk and that’s about as heavy as my exercise gets now!

    #triumphanttales

  7. I was doing the 7 minute work out before I had Zach,now I can’t even find time for that! But I do love the schoolrun so that’s 1 hour of walking a day (plus housework, actually forget that, I do!) #triumphanttales

  8. Going to the gym definitely improves my mood. It has really helped with my mental health after losing my dad last year.
    #TriumphantTales

  9. You are so right. I forget how much exercise is good for the mind but even getting out for a walk can do wonders. The nicer weather makes that easier!! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  10. I should really do more exercise. I have out more weight out after having T than I ever did whilst pregnant. I’m one of those who make excuses! #blogstravaganza

  11. All your reasons are very valid and I’ve read up on them multiple times, but I still can’t find the energy or motivation! What to do? #Blogstravaganza

  12. ive found that going back to work i walk more given the need to go to and from the bus stop. I feel a lot fitter especially now little man has started trying to walk!
    Thank you for linking up to #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week

  13. Having worked in gyms my whole working life I am well aware of the benefits of exercise, however, I just find it so difficult to stick to any workout regime! I’ve started and stopped more times than I care to remember! I work out mostly at home now, although I don’t really do much of that! Must try harder!! #Blogstravaganza

  14. Yep. I agree with every single one. If only I could invent a day with 26 hours in it I might have time to get some done! ? Thanks for linking up to #TriumphantTales, hope you’ll come back on Tuesday 🙂

  15. It’s so true that exercise makes you feel so much better. I’ve recently decided to get of my backside and start exercise. Two weeks in and I’m feeling great, no weight loss just the fact that I feel better. Funny, I’m reading your post after scheduling in a guest post on the same subject, both in complete agreement x
    #Blogstravaganza

    1. I was like that at the beginning of this year, I got my trainer to make me a plan and it made a huge difference! X

  16. All really good and I totally agree with all the benefits. But going to the gym makes me sad and down. I get there and have made and effort to get there and then I can only do five minutes and I feel crap. Not worth it. So then I stop going. I need motivation and to be able to see results. Wish there was a way to have supported sessions that didn’t cost the Earth. I’ll just have to keep walking around my block. #blogstravaganza

  17. I’m just about to start with week 7 of couch to 5k and I have seen such a remarkable difference in my mood and energy levels. I’ve barely lost any weight whatsoever which was my original aim, but I feel so much better in myself. I’d forgotten just how much I need exercise and you have hit the nail on the head with these points! Thanks for sharing with #DreamTeam x

  18. My exercise usually involves carrying a one year old on my back whilst running around after two toddlers. BUT it does always make me happier to be out and wakes me up! Great post. #blogstravaganza

  19. I’m all about getting a better sleep! My problem is more so along the lines of I keep finding stuff I need to do and I forget to go to bed … Maybe if I started exercising I would just collapse and then I’d finally get some sleep! *dreamy smile at thought of coma-sleep* #Blogstravaganza

  20. I really miss the gym! Right now, I don’t have time to leave the baby, but as soon as she’s older & I’m back at work, I think I’ll have to rejoin a gym. I workout at home too, and you’re right, doing it at the gym definitely makes you work harder #blogstravaganza

  21. The problem is that it’s hard to get started and stick with it long enough to get the benefits. It’s true what they say. A body in motion will stay in motion but a body at rest has a tendancy to want to remain at rest. Sorry for the late comment. #Blogstravaganza

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