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8 Reasons to Hit the Gym

8 Reasons to Hit the Gym

Had a good Christmas and festive season? Perhaps ate too much at the office and family party? We are glad that you enjoyed yourself, however, just like us you may have a problem buttoning your shirt. Although the additional pounds and calories are inevitable during the Christmas period, we need to make up for that.

Getting a gym membership is one of the best ways to do so!

You can choose different types of physical exercise such as walking, jogging, running, swimming (ideally in an indoor pool unless you want to freeze your..). Apart from losing weight, there are a number of health benefits related to your body and mind. In this article, we discuss why you should acquire that gym membership today!

The gym makes you feel better

Research indicates that exercise will alleviate your mood and reduces the impact of negative emotions such as sadness, anxiety and depression. It is conducive for the production of endorphins which are known to create positive feelings and reduce the perception of pain. Contrary to common perception, the intensity of the work-out is irrelevant in the level of how much anxiety is reduced. A normal workout will reduce anxiety practically the same way as a heavy workout.

Lose weight

So let’s get one of the most obvious out of the way early. Staying inactive will increase your weight whilst regular exercise will compensate for increased food. End of story. Next up…

Build a stronger body

Exercise is necessary for building your body to withstand the strain, through stronger muscles and bones. Keeping your body inactive will weaken it in the long-term. You will notice that you feel body aches when you do not exercise, especially if you spend the day sitting down in front of a computer or when the weather is colder. This becomes more true when you age and your muscles are no longer what they used to be. In this regard, you should keep in mind that high-impact exercise such as football and basketball promotes higher bone density than non-impact sports such as swimming or cycling.

Boost your energy

Training your body to be constantly active will maintain higher energy levels, allowing you to perform better in your everyday life, with less fatigue. This is also the case with people who suffer from excessive fatigue.

Keeping healthy

Refraining from exercise can come back to bite you, badly, in the form of a heart attack or stroke. Hitting the gym and exercising regularly is necessary in maintaining good levels of blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar, especially if you eat less genuine food.

Keep your skin healthy

The extra flow of blood distributed through your body via exercise is beneficial for the skin’s appearance making you look younger.

Improve cognitive function

Once again the increase of blood flow enhances the heart rate which ensures more oxygen to the brain. Exercise can also sustain the growth of brain cells. Research also indicates that exercise is conducive to the growth of a certain part of the brain, which is essential for both learning and memory.

Relax and sleep better

Sleep and relaxation quality improves with exercise, making you feel more energised during the day.

So what are you waiting for? The treadmill and weights await you!

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