I firmly believe that fitness is one of the most important aspects of daily living. In fact, the importance of fitness to your daily living is backed up by countless studies including this one from the Annual Review of Public Health and this one from the International Scholarly Resource Notices of Cardiology.
So, what’s all the fuss about? Why is fitness so important?
Here are the top 5 reasons why you need to make regular exercise a part of your life.
Controls Weight and Improves Appearance
In addition to a healthy diet, physical fitness is the number one way to control your weight. Not only does exercising help you burn fat and lose weight, but it also helps you build muscle as well.
Controlling your weight to your desired level and building more muscle helps maintain a healthy image that many people prefer. This in-shape image is attractive to others.
Fitness improves your appearance not only by helping you maintain your weight and muscle mass, but also by helping you appear more bright, healthy, and vibrant.
Improves and Maintains Good Health
You can’t argue with the health benefits of regular exercise. According to the National Health Service, regular physical fitness helps combat a wide range of health conditions and diseases ranging from heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancer, and so much more.
So, use fitness to not only lose weight and improve your appearance, but also to ensure that you are healthier overall as well.
Increases Mood, Happiness and Emotional Health
Fitness benefits your mental health in addition to your physical health. Studies, including this one from the Mental Health Foundation, have shown that exercising on a regular basis greatly reduces mental problems, including depression and anxiety.
Fitness gives your brain a boost, increasing your mood and providing you with more happiness throughout the day. It also reduces stress, improves memory, and helps you sleep better at night. If you’ve ever experienced a “runner’s high” or felt a feeling of bliss after exercising, you know what I’m talking about. The mood-boosting benefits of fitness directly translate to improved emotional health which in itself leads us to.
Creates Better Social Relationships
Fitness is so important to daily living because it helps you create better social relationships. Part of the reason is that it boosts your mood and self-esteem.
When you feel better about yourself, it’s much easier to talk to new people to establish new relationships. It’s also easier to maintain and develop existing relationships. Fitness can even help you establish new social contacts. If you work out at a gym or health club, you’re automatically surrounded by like minded people.
These new social contacts have a two-part benefit. You meet new people, but also meeting new people that also like fitness is a huge motivator to keep working out. A study from the Journal of Health and Social Behavior shows that exercising in public places with people you know around motivates the exercise behavior.
Builds Important Life Skills
Last but not least, it helps you build important life skills that you will use in all aspects of your daily life.
The key skills that it builds are willpower, discipline, and determination. Sticking to a regular workout routine isn’t always easy. Forcing yourself to do so translates to all other areas of your life. Those that exercise on a regular basis are more disciplined at work, at school, in relationships, and in other projects. Even when the going gets tough, these types of people use their willpower to push on and overcome all obstacles.