There are plenty of good reasons to be physically active. Over and above all the fun things that you can do that keep you healthy, benefits include reducing the odds of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Whether you exercise to lose weight, lower blood pressure or prevent depression or just to feel better about yourself, physical activity is something that needs to be instilled as part of a lifestyle from a very young age. The most important benefit is that exercise changes the brain in ways that protect memory and thinking skills. The below list of mental benefits to exercising might motivate you to get up and going and plan some fun, physical day out for you and the family.
Sharper memory and thinking. The same endorphins that make you feel better also help you concentrate and feel mentally sharp and at the top of your game. Exercise also stimulates the growth of new brain cells and helps prevent age-related decline.
Higher self-esteem. Regular activity is an investment in your mind, body, and soul. When it becomes a habit, it can make you feel strong and powerful and exceptionally good about yourself. You’ll feel better about your appearance and, by meeting even small exercise goals, you’ll feel a sense of achievement.
Better sleep. Even short bursts of exercise in the morning or afternoon can help regulate sleep patterns. Nothing is better than a good night’s rest to rejuvenate your body and mind!
More energy. Increasing your heart rate several times a week will give you more energy. Just a few minutes a day can make the world of difference.
Stronger resilience. When faced with mental or emotional challenges in life, exercise can help you cope in a healthy way, instead of resorting to unhealthy vices that ultimately only make the symptoms worse. Regular exercise can also help boost your immune system and reduce the impact of stress.
You don’t have to spend hours in a gym and drag the kids to strenuous activities to experience the many benefits of exercise. Clean the house, wash the car, tend to the yard and garden, mow the lawn with a push mower, sweep the sidewalk or patio with a broom or simply jog around the rugby field during your child’s sport practice. Set the healthy example you want your children to be and help them get a headstart in life with a healthy mind and thinking skills!