Health without fitness is like bread without butter, mornings without coffee or Ross without Rachel. They exist, they do okay, but they are nowhere near the best version of themselves.
There are good reasons health and fitness are so often paired together in one phrase!
The most obvious health benefit to improving your fitness is losing weight. This can reduce your blood pressure, minimizing chances of heart disease or stroke. It also decreases the risk of developing diabetes or helps to manage an already confirmed condition. Plus, with less weight your bones and joints are under less pressure. Basically, your whole body will be happier! Win, win, win, win, win!
Most exercise, but particularly core strengthening exercises, play a large part in maintaining a good posture (meaning you won’t look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame by age 40). Some of the best total gyms are a great option for this. With their multifunctional approach to fitness you can plank, pull down and extend to your heart’s content! Keep your bones in line for the most efficient version of you and avoid back pain in later life.
Improved Body Shape
It’s a renowned fact that most of us want what we don’t have. But what if you COULD have it? It’s not completely possible to change your body shape but with the right diet and exercise you can definitely make a dramatic difference. For example, apple shapes will benefit most from cardio workouts and interval training to get rid of fat from their mid-section and improve heart health at the same time. Pear shapes, on the other hand, can become much fitter and more toned by using resistance training. An improved body shape is not only good for your physical health, but your mental health too. Just think how much more confident you’d feel walking out of the house in the body you really want!
Physical activity is also proven to reduce stress, a condition that affects 7 out of 10 adults daily in the U.S. according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. When stress affects your brain, the rest of your body feels it through tension and fatigue. So, it makes sense that it works both ways, right? Exercise releases endorphins, which act as natural painkillers and improve sleep, reducing stress. So, next time you’re having a tough day and reaching for the medicine cabinet, try going for a run instead! “I really regret doing exercise”, said no one, ever.
Another way exercise can improve your mental health is through an improved social life and there are so many ways it can help! Moved to a new city and want to meet people? Get yourself some stylish gear and try joining a fitness class such as dance or yoga. Want to have a catch up with the girls? Suggest a walk or a jog in the park as your next gossip spot. Maybe you just need to save up for you best mate’s dreamy location wedding? Fill your diary with a strict fitness plan and not only will you save the money you might normally spend on after work drinks, but you’ll also be totally photo ready!
Remember, it’s not all about how you look. Stay fit to stay healthy, your body will thank you for it!