Healthy adults need to get at least 30 minutes of exercise five days per week, but squeezing a workout into an already busy schedule can be difficult. Motivation can be hard to find, especially if you're exercising without a clear objective. By defining your exercise objectives at the beginning of your exercise experience, you can lean on those goals when your resolve gets low. Getting stronger, healthier and happier can help you make exercise more of a priority in your life.
To Control Your Weight
A regular exercise routine can help you control your weight and even drop a few pounds, especially when combined with a healthy, low-calorie eating plan. To lose weight, you must create a deficit between the calories you consume and the calories you burn each day. Both cardiovascular and strength-training workouts help burn calories to balance calorie intake and calorie burn to help you better manage your weight overall. Creating a goal of a 500-calorie deficit every day can put you on track to lose about one pound per week, according to MayoClinic.com.
To Prevent Medical Problems
The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine notes that exercise can help reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, which, along with stroke, make up the two most common causes of death in the United States. Whether young or old, regular exercise helps improve heart function, reduces plaque in the arteries and lowers your cholesterol, which are all risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
To Strengthen Your Bones and Body
Bone decay and limited physical activity can slow you down, so make better strength and increased stamina one of your main objectives for regular exercise. Exercise has been shown to increase bone density and slow its loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also notes that no matter your age, slowly increasing resistance and repetitions in your workouts over time helps to strengthen your body overall.
To Improve Your Mood
Exercise isn't just a one-trick pony for your body; it also helps improve your mental mindset. One of its most important benefits is to help improve your mood and energy levels. Exercise triggers the release of feel-good hormones called endorphins, which dial up your energy levels and make you feel happier, notes MayoClinic.com. What's more, exercise can help boost your mood based on confidence -- feeling better about yourself and your efforts at the gym.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: How Much Physical Activity Do Adults Need?
- MayoClinic.com: Counting Calories: Get Back to Weight-Loss Basics
- American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: Why Exercise?
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The Benefits of Physical Activity
- MayoClinic.com: Exercise: 7 Benefits of Regular Physical Activity
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