Consistency is Key When it Comes to Exercise
Sometimes staying fit feels like a tall order. Everyone’s got an opinion on the best way to work out and it’s often hard to see through the conflicting advice.
If you’re struggling to stay active on a day-to-day basis, it may be time to take a step back and simplify your routine. No need to run a marathon or climb a mountain (unless that’s what you’re into). Instead, keep it simple—just aim to get your body moving 20–30 minutes a day, 3–4 days a week. Find something you like and do it often.
Strength training and cardio sessions both have their advantages, but nothing beats consistency. Think of mall walkers—they’re on the right track as even five minutes of aerobic exercise is beneficial and known to reduce stress.
With that in mind, let’s dig into the benefits of a regular fitness plan.
The Benefits of Staying Active Daily
There are a number of benefits to exercising regularly. Some may seem obvious, but if you’re struggling with motivation to get moving, it’s worth repeating to yourself all the good you’re doing for your body and mind. Here’s a brief list of how our bodies benefit from getting up and active:
Improved Mental Health
You’ve probably heard it before, but exercise is a great way to reduce stress. Physical activity increases endorphins—the chemicals in our brains that act as natural painkillers. Scientists have found that regular physical participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, help stave off depression, elevate and stabilize mood and improve sleep and self-esteem.
Revved-Up Energy Levels
Ever think to yourself, “I don’t have the energy to exercise?” Ironically, a stint of physical activity may be just what your body needs. Exercising increases the number and improves the functioning of our cells’ mitochondria—also known as our bodies’ “powerhouses” that are responsible for refining nutrients into energy. Next time you’re thinking of skipping a workout because you’re “too tired,” try getting your heart rate up for a short 10 minutes. After you’re done, you may find that you feel so good you want to keep going.
By boosting our mitochondrial processes through exercise, we not only feel better on a day-to-day basis, we also give our body’s the chance to stop the aging process in its tracks. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) in particular has been shown to improve cellular health and promote total body wellness.
Boosted Heart and Lung Functioning
Exercise—especially aerobic exercise—strengthens the heart, increasing the size of the veins and arteries which, in turn, increases the amount of oxygen carried through the body. For the respiratory system, exercise increases the diaphragm and lung efficiency. The more you exercise and the stronger these organs become, the quicker you’ll recover from intense activity (making it seem more fun and doable on a regular basis).
VitaYears™ Can Help Support Your Fitness Journey
Exercise is a powerful tool that helps put us in control of our health. For optimal results, regular physical activity should be included in a daily health regimen that includes a balanced diet, consistent and quality sleep and regular stress management practices. We also encourage you to check out our line of VitaYears™ supplements—we designed them to support you in the different facets of your life to help you feel great and make the rest of your life the best of your life. And keep tuned in to this blog for more info on health and fitness.