Quick confession: I’m a bit of an exercise junkie. I try to find (strenuous and challenging) ways to move my body a few times every week, and when I don’t, I feel pretty off balance.
But for a lot of people though, exercise isn’t something they would do if they didn’t have to (and let’s be real; you rarely ever have to do anything you don’t want to). Some people feel like it takes too much time from their busy schedules, while some people think they shouldn’t have to workout if they don’t have weight issues. There’s also a category of people who flat out admit that they really don’t like exercise.But there’s a ton of reasons why you should get your bones up and moving, even if you think you’ve got the perfect body and don’t need to subject yourself to the physical torture that can manifest itself as a workout session. And guess what? They’re not even about losing weight!
So Why Should I Workout?
First of all, the results of working out can be seen almost immediately after a good session; your heart rate increases, blood is delivered straight to your muscles, your body starts burning calories for fuel, and you get an almost immediate mood boost.
But let’s break down these benefits, shall we?
1. Stress Relief:
It’s a common saying that all human beings go through stress. But in my opinion, the average Nigerian goes through more stress than people from other parts of the world. From dealing with economic issues, to queuing for fuel so you can drive your car in traffic or run your generator when there’s no power (like I’m doing as I type)… we never run out of stressful situations.
Exercise helps you destress. Engaging in regular physical activities helps release endorphin into our blood, which calms us down and helps to ease tension as well as improve our moods. According to the Journal of Neuroscience, regular exercise reduces anxiety in humans, and can reset our brains to help us deal with stressful situations with more flexibility.
2. Longer Life Span:
When you exercise regularly, the concept of “long life” becomes a bit more real, and less a birthday wish to go with “prosperity”. And while we may like to say “something will eventually kill a man”, engaging in regular exercise has been shown to have the same positive effect on your health as giving up cigarettes.
3. Less Sick Days:
Calling in sick to work can be fun… unless you’re actually sick. Studies have shown that exercise helps build our immunity, and in fact, makes us less likely to catch the common cold than people who don’t exercise.
4. Increased Energy Levels
When you finish a workout, there’s every likelihood that you’re going to be lying in a pool of your own sweat, wondering why you did that to yourself and who actually sent you message. How exactly does that help increase your energy levels? Well, it’s been shown that regular exercise usually results in having more energy to tackle your daily tasks. Studies have even shown that exercising in the morning can help jumpstart your body’s metabolism, and leave you feeling extra energetic throughout the day.
5. Improved Sexual PerformanceNo, I’m not joking. The American Council of Exercise has shown that regular exercise helps improve issues of erectile dysfunction among men, and helps to increase the chances of sexual arousal among women. It also helps actual performance during sex (something about being in good shape so that you can perform all those sexual acrobatics you dream about). 6. Improved Sleep Quality:
Well, if all that added sexy time doesn’t send you off to sleep, I’m not sure what will… except maybe some more exercise. According to the National Sleep Foundation (who comes up with these organizations?), regular exercise can help you sleep better at night. So burn a few calories and get a few extra zzz’s… not such a bad deal, is it?
But All This Gra Gra Exercise You Do, Is It For Me?
Well, I wouldn’t exactly call it “gra gra” but…
You don’t have to jump into a crazy, Insane workout to reap the benefits of exercise. There are many, less complicated ways you can get some exercise in, and live your life to the fullest. If you don’t feel like spending your time in the gym, you can:
- Take regular walks.
- Play a sport.
- Pick up a martial art.
- Learn to dance.
- Register for the Argungu Fishing Festival.
Okay so maybe not that last one. But the point is, there are many activities you can engage in for regular exercise. Not sure where to start?
First of all, make sure you confirm with your doctor that you can engage in any form of exercise. Then do a little self assessment, and find out how fit you are with this home based fitness test.
At the end of the day, what is most important is that you move your body a little bit more than normal. The benefits all build up to a healthier, happier you, and that’s something to look forward to, no?– Panda
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