You may not think that you need to get exercise every day. Maybe you already seem to have enough lean muscle and maybe you aren’t overweight, so you feel like you’re fine physically without needing to put that extra pressure on yourself to find time to workout. However, working out is important, even if you feel like you are healthy enough without it.
Many Health Benefits
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of health benefits when it comes to working out each day. For one thing, a good cardio workout increases your blood flow, which is good for circulation. It also helps build muscle which makes you stronger. Regular exercise even increases your stamina.
There are far too many health benefits to list them all here. Some of them are even more important than others, and you will find them below.
Keeping Up Balance And Flexibility
Those muscles you are building when you exercise regularly include your core muscles, which help with balance. Your strong legs also help with balance. Balance helps keep you from falling and breaking body parts as you get older.
Balance and flexibility also kind of go hand in hand. One of the best fitness routines for keeping (or increasing) your flexibility is yoga. Yoga is fairly easy to do, even for beginners, since you can take the poses at your own pace, and there are seated yoga poses that can be done from a chair for people that are immobile.
Your Healthy Mind
Exercise also works to help keep your mind healthy. People that suffer from anxiety and depression can often attest to the usefulness of fitness when it comes to getting out of a funk. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to get the motivation to exercise once you’ve fallen into depression.
What helps, when it comes to depression and fitness, is the fact that a good cardio workout releases endorphins in your brain. These are feel good hormones, often referred to as a runner’s high, that make you happy. Even if you’re not feeling up to a jog or a run, a brief walk can be enough to get your heart pumping and allow you the benefits of this natural high.
There are many reasons to workout regularly, and many reasons to fit a workout into each day even when you don’t feel like you have time for one. How can you do that? Simply take a walk on your lunch break, take the stairs instead of the elevator, take the dog for a walk around the block in the morning and again when you get home from work, or invest in a treadmill and walk or jog on it whenever you’re watching TV.