What is the point of getting fit?
Have you been asking yourself, ‘what is the point of getting fit?’? If you have, then we are glad you are here. At The Fitness Associates, we are super passionate about fitness, health and wellbeing and truly believe that the three are intertwined. For that reason, we are sharing with you our favourite reasons to get fit and maintain your fitness; we hope these reasons will inspire you to get off the couch and get moving!
Our favourite reason for getting fit, is the benefit on your mental health. Science backs us up on this one. Exercise can not only help you to lift your mood, but it can also help to reduce anxiety, calm negative thoughts, increase self-esteem and manage depression. Whether you are hitting the gym, pounding the pavement or diving into the pool, it doesn’t really matter. Exercise helps your body release feel-good chemicals like endorphins and serotonin and reduces stress-response hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. Who could say no to that?!
If you are having trouble ditching the smokes, consider whether exercise could be a useful treatment. Giving up smoking is one of the hardest addictions to break – not only because of the body’s reliance on nicotine, but also because of the psychological responses that are related to the act of smoking. The good news is that becoming fitter can help you break the habit. Exercise can help you deal with cravings and provide a healthy distraction. No equipment is required; just pop on your running shoes and head out the door!
Of course, improving your fitness levels also has the added benefit of helping you to lose weight. Whether you are at the beginning of your weight loss journey or you are just battling to fight those last few pesky pounds, exercise can help. Exercise boosts your metabolism and burns calories to help you ensure that you are burning more than you are consuming. Targeting certain areas of your body during your workout can also help you build muscle and burn off that fat layer for good.
So, maybe you aren’t looking to lose weight, but increasing muscle tone and strength is great for just about everybody! Muscles aren’t just for body builders. Having good muscle tone can help you to improve your posture, agility, balance and flexibility. Strength exercises can also aid you in preventing muscle wastage and can help you to slow down the effects of aging on your body. This can also assist you in avoiding injuries, now, and as you get a little older.
Do you have issues with your blood pressure or cholesterol? Well, guess what. Exercise can help with that too. Although exercise will increase your blood pressure in the moment, it will reduce quickly once you finish your session. As you become fitter, you will find that your blood pressure will lower, as your heart and arteries benefit from the physical activity. Similarly, exercise helps to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. A few minutes a day could make all the difference.
Do you have trouble sleeping? Have you tried exercising for better rest? A good exercise session can help to wear out your mind and body, so that you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. There is a trick to this though. You need to make sure that you exercise more than three hours before you go to bed. As we have already pointed out, exercise can increase endorphins, so you want to give yourself a chance to settle down after your work-out, before you slip between the sheets.
We could all do with a little more energy, right? Once again, exercise comes to the rescue. Studies have shown that exercise plays a significant role in increasing your energy levels and reducing fatigue. It may seem counter-intuitive to exercise when you are already feeling tired, but the results speak for themselves. So, put down that energy drink and head to a group fitness class!
Our minds are beautiful things and we should nurture them to reach our full potential. The great news is the improving your fitness directly helps your brain to function more effectively. Exercise helps to boost your memory, improve your concentration, enhance your creativity and slow your cognitive decline. That sounds pretty sweet to us! Start working out and notice how this simple action can have flow on effects to the rest of your life.
If we haven’t provided you with enough reasons to get fit, there’s still one more; enjoyment. If you have low fitness levels and you aren’t used to exercising, it might be difficult to believe that you might find exercise enjoyable. We can point to countless stories of people who were just like you. Resistant to exercise and in total disbelief that they could ever, find improving their fitness even semi-enjoyable. Our message, here at The Fitness Associates, is that you will never know if you don’t give it a try. Commit to an exercise program for 30 days and see how much of a difference it makes in your life. Try different activities to see which one you enjoy the most. You might surprise yourself!
Have we convinced you? Are you still asking, ‘Why should I get fit?’? We don’t want to force you into doing anything you don’t want to, but we are 100% confident that exercising and improving your fitness level will benefit you in the long run. And if you aren’t quite sure, perhaps just put one foot in front of the other and see what happens. Best of luck on your fitness journey – we are rooting for you!
(If you just starting your fitness journey, we strongly recommend you speak to a healthcare professional before undertaking any new fitness program.)