One day you notice that your body is a little slower than it used to be. Maybe your knee hurts a little when you walk, or it is a little harder to get out of bed in the morning. Maybe you find that your trip from the parking lot to the office door take a few seconds more than it did before. Maybe you realize that you can’t have a second slice of cake without gaining just a little bit of weight. Whatever the reason, you are probably among the billions of people around the world who are facing the fact that the older we get, the harder we have to work to keep our bodies in top shape.
Exercise Helps the Body and the Mind
As children, we seem to have a boundless supply of energy, but as we age that energy reserve gradually dwindles. When we combine that with the average middle-class workers’ largely sedentary lifestyle, it becomes abundantly clear that it can be a challenge to get off the couch our out of the car to start exercising. However, it is essential to do so because of all of the amazing benefits of maintaining good health and fitness throughout your life. Indeed, a decline in physical fitness sets in early. Nearly half of adolescents 12-21 do not engage in vigorous daily exercise.
Exercise of any kind is an important stress-buster. When you exercise, you experience a relaxation response that helps to dispel stress and upset. It also makes you feel better. It also helps to boost your energy levels. While some people report feeling more tired when they start an exercise regime, this feeling soon passes. Once you are on a regular exercise program, you’ll find your energy levels rising, making you feel more alert and more invigorated than ever
Even if you spend most of your time working on your computer and don’t care much about exercise and aren’t interested in building muscles, there are important benefits for you, too. Exercise has been shown to boost serotonin levels, which helps to make you mentally sharper. Exercise also improves brain health, as does good nutrition, giving you a mental edge in everything that you do.