Whether you just finished exam season, planning your prom, or are simply stuck in a rut at work, it can be easy to let things like diet, exercise, and sanity fall to the wayside. While we always swear to be healthier on January 1st, we are rarely where we want to be come May. Now, not everyone has the same goals – not everyone wants to make exercise part of their regularly scheduled programming – but maintaining good health is something that affects everyone. Exercise isn’t just about losing weight, there are so many important reasons why you should maintain physical activity.
You will be physically healthier
Sure, this one seems kind of obvious, but exercise is more than just about numbers on a scale. We tend to only talk about the aesthetic benefits, but we forget that exercise can also positively affect your internal wires and gears. Physical activity also does things like reduce blood pressure (lowering risk of heart disease), lowers risk of type-2 diabetes, and boots immune function (i.e. keeps you from getting the sniffles all the time). Physical activity also strengthens your bones and muscles – your ability to pick things up easily and fight the forces of evil…if you’re a super hero in your spare time that is.
You’ll get a caffeine-free caffeine kick
Now this point can seem counterproductive – after a long workout all you want to do is nap on the floor – but working out truly helps with long-term energy storage. When we exercise, we take in lots of oxygen, and oxygen is a natural energy booster (probably has something to do with needing it stay alive). The more active we are, the more active we can be, which can help us get all those things done on our to do list.
You’ll sleep better
While this may sound hypocritical (see: last point), exercise can really both energize and aid in sleep. Physical activity can make us sleeeeepy…in fact, it can make us sleepy just thinking about it, but it can definitely help us with our overall sleeping patterns. Exercise can help keep our natural body clock in tune – just try not to exercise too close to bedtime or it may have the opposite affect.
You’ll become smarter – no studying required
Exercise can improve your overall cognitive functioning (a fancy way of saying “brain power”). The best part? You don’t even need to work that hard! Even something as simple as moderate walking has been proven to help your brain’s memory center, the hippocampus, maintain its health and vitality. Physical activity also lowers cortisol levels, the stress hormone associated with the improved mood, and an improvement of those can definitely help your next important test. So the next time you’re having a study session, you might want to try it on a treadmill.
It’s a mood booster
To quote Elle Woods: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” Endorphins are the energy boosting chemical in our brain and when we hit the gym, we get a rush of those chemicals. That’s why we always feel pretty good after a workout – even though we know we might be sore in a few days. The more we workout, the happier we feel!
Well now that we know the benefits of exercise, we just need to find a way to get more of it in a fun, exciting way. OH WAIT HERE’S A THOUGHT! Come to PLP’s FINAL WORKSHOP OF THE YEAR on April 30th which is THIS SUNDAY! We are hosting a de-stress bootcamp, so come sweat, smile, and shake the stress away with us. All the info is on our Facebook page, so don’t forget to check it out and join us for some weekend fun!
For now, we will be prepping ourselves for the workshop with a bunch of 80’s workout videos. I hear there’s an easy way to create Buns of Steel…