This is a guest post by Amy C.
Exercise is a vital component of a healthy lifestyle. Many people know this. And yet only a few people really make the effort to engage in regular exercise. Even those who want to lose weight go to extreme lengths just to avoid having to exercise. They follow crazy diets, buy dangerous miracle pills and even undergo surgical weight loss procedures. Seriously. If you want to lose weight there is a simple formula for that. Eat less and exercise more. That’s it. Which brings us back to the value of exercise.
Nothing can replace working out. Exercise has a gazillion benefits. To make matters simple let me summarize the top 3 benefits of exercise:
It improves your health. When you exercise you strengthen your bones, create muscle strain which leads to growth, expand your lungs, and give your heart a good workout. Working out burns calories and helps prevent weight gain. It also normalizes blood pressure and sugar levels. By increasing muscle strength through constant physical activity you build on your muscles. This, in turn, enhances weight loss because muscles burn calories even while at rest. Exercising also boosts metabolism. This may be the reason why people who exercise can eat more and “not gain a pound” compared to those who live a sedentary lifestyle.
It improves your sense of well-being. Exercise increases endorphin production. Endorphins are our body’s happy hormones. That’s why we usually feel good after working out. So the next time you feel depressed, why not go for a jog? You’ll be sure to feel a lot better after your work out.
It improves your physical appearance. Yes. This is the main reason why most people work out – to look great. Working out gets our body toned and trim. It whips us into shape. And we all like to look good. That’s why we spend hours in the gym slaving over that treadmill. But this shouldn’t be our only motivation. After all, a great body is the “side affect” of a good diet plus regular exercise.
Amy C. is an interior decoration aficionado and health buff. She also likes testing and trying new home and office decorating themes. In addition to being an interior decoration hobbyist, she enjoys designing calming indoor fountains and glass art. Amy invites you to browse her delightful collection of glass vases.