As a gym, we feel it is our responsibility to promote being healthy, especially during this time. We will be putting out more content to provide you ways of being healthy!
One of the main ways to be healthy is to exercise!! 💪
What are the benefits to exercise?
Exercise controls weight
Improves cognitive function
Prevents/manages many health problems
Lowers your blood pressure
Boosts the levels of good cholesterol
Improves blood flow (circulation) which reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases
Helps improve your mood
Combats health conditions and diseases like Stroke/Metabolic Syndrome/High blood Pressure/Type 2 Diabetes/Depression/Anxiety/Many types of cancer/Arthritis
Boosts your energy
It can help you live longer
You get better sleep
Improves your sex life
Maintains immune functioning
AND SO MUCH MORE!!!
With an endless list of benefits from exercise, why would you not take advantage of it?
Well, it's easier not to... Our world today is full of distractions that take up a lot of time and energy. Our jobs/kids/Money/Stressed/Can't commit mentally/can't commit to a time/etc.
If you want to take control of your health and get all of the benefits above you to have to put in the time and the effort to maintain that lifestyle. There will be an upcoming post on ways to fit exercise into your life!
From The Department of Health and Human Services:
"At least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity.
The guidelines suggest that you spread this exercise throughout the week. Examples include running, walking, or swimming. Even small amounts of physical activity are helpful, and accumulated activity throughout the day adds up to provide health benefits.
Strength training exercises for all major muscle groups at least two times a week. Examples include lifting free weights, using weight machines, or doing body-weight training."
150 minutes is 2 and a half hours of working out a week. You can break that down to a 20-minute walk a day and it will be 140 minutes!!
If you just starting out we recommend slowly adding exercise to your routine. If you jump to doing 150 hours a week during your first week you will be so sore and will get tired very quickly.
Start by adding a 20-minute walk every few days and then add strength training! The biggest way to motivate yourself is to have an achievable goal.