Three More Reasons to Diet and Exercise
Have you ever felt like your life needed a change? Do you feel yourself wanting more out of your day to day routine? If you find yourself wanting something more, or keep on waiting on something to change, why not make the change yourself? It’s no secret that a healthy lifestyle can do wonders to boost yourself esteem, but the benefits of diet and exercise go far beyond having a positive body image. If you are on the fence about committing yourself to a lifestyle change, here are three ways diet and exercise can change your life for the better.
- It improves Your Health
When people consider going on a diet or joining a gym, they are primarily motivated by cosmetic reasons. While looking good naked is a pretty stellar reason to start working out and shedding some weight, diet and exercise can do so much more. Think of your body as a machine, like a car. The better you treat your car, the longer it will last you. Giving it the correct fuel and oil, and providing regular maintenance over time will stretch the miles on your vehicle. The same principle applies to your body. Feeding yourself the right foods, and keeping your body in shape is the best way to ensure that you get the most out of your life, by living the most life you can. Simply switching to a nutritional diet can strengthen your immune system. Even simple stretching and aerobics at home can improve your flexibility and cardiovascular system. A stronger heart will keep blood pumping through your body for years to come, and increasing your flexibility will help reduce the chances of serious injuries.
- It Improves Your Mind
You many not intuitively connect the relationship between mind and body, but our brains are very much a part of our bodies. Therefore, how we treat our bodies can have a direct impact on our minds for better or worse. Exercise has been proven to affect our cognitive functioning. People who face anxiety, depression, or regular stress have all reaped the benefits of adding more exercise in your day to day routine. Running can cleanse you of negativity, organize your thoughts, and boost your creativity. Imagine what adding an elliptical or treadmill to your home gym can do to improving your mind after a stressful day at work.
- It Actually Feels Good!
You might have heard from some of your more active friends that exercising feels good, like really good. It’s understandable why you may have your doubts that subjugating yourself to an hour-a-day of sweat and heavy breathing may actually make you feel good, but your friend is absolutely right. When we begin to exercise, and our body bursts into activity, our brains release a chemical called BDNF, or Brain-Derived Neurotrophic-Factor, which activates as a reset for our brains and releases another chemical known as endorphins, which is what makes us feel good! Besides being scientifically proven to boost your mood on a chemical level, you are also still benefiting from a positive body perception and raise in self-confidence.
There really is no argument for not eating healthy foods and exercising regularly. The benefits are always going to outweigh any negatives. You may struggle at first, everyone does, but once you begin to notice the change you are creating in yourself, and how much you are improving your mind and body. You may feel discouraged by a lack of time or money to invest in a full gym membership, but even taking an hour a day in your home or backyard can do wonders for your wellbeing. A small step forward is better than not moving at all. Take back control over your body and your life, one step at a time.
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