We know exercise is important, but just how often are we supposed to be hitting the gym? According to the UK National Health Service, adults ages 19-64 should aim to be active every day.
Getting in a daily workout can be difficult to fit into your schedule (work, kids, actually having a social life) but any activity is better than none. This can involve going for walks, riding a bike, or playing a sport you enjoy. With trying to balance staying fit on top of all your other life commitments, it may feel like an unnecessary hassle to work out.
However, the effort is definitely recognized – and appreciated – by your body. Here’s what happens behind the scenes when you work out every day.
Exercise burns calories, which is great for weight loss. The harder you work out, the more you burn. As you can imagine, working out every day will help you progress in losing weight more so than if you take a few days off in between.
Find ways to sneak in some exercise throughout the day, whether that be taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking to lunch instead of driving. You will notice stronger leg muscles and feeling less winded when working out.
Reduced Risk of Diseases
Exercise can help prevent a slew of diseases as you continue to age. According to Mayo Clinic, exercising promotes HDL (good cholesterol) and lowers unhealthy triglycerides. This combo is so important because it helps to keep your blood flowing freely, leading to a healthier heart.
In addition to heart health, exercise can also help prevent a list of other diseases:
- High blood pressure
…just to name a few. Daily exercise can help prevent or greatly reduce your risk of experiencing these ailments throughout your life.
If you can’t sleep at night, you may need more exercise. Being active daily helps fatigue your body, making you more prone to falling asleep quicker. However, working out close to bedtime can cause the opposite affect and actually keep you up – so be sure to get your workout in during the morning, daytime or the early evening.
Boost of Energy
If you find yourself feeling too lazy to do daily tasks, exercise may be very beneficial. Working out helps supply oxygen and nutrients to your bloodstream, which helps your heart and lungs work better. This allows for more energy to accomplish simple tasks and boosts your endurance for being up to tackle those chores.
In summary, exercising is extremely beneficial to your health. The CDC states that Americans should be getting an average of 150 minutes of physical activity per week. Remember that while this number may seem like a lot of time to be committing to exercise, it can be broken up throughout the day and can consist of simple activities.
While you may not always physically see the changes (as you may with weight loss), your body is building strength internally to help give you energy, prevent illness and make everyday life tasks more enjoyable.