Healthier New Year Resolution #3 – Exercise More
There are many New Year’s resolutions that people make, but one of the most common, not to mention most important, involves exercise. This makes the #3 spot in our Healthier New Year Resolution series.
Not only is exercise essential to a healthy lifestyle in general, but is more important than ever in today’s day and age, where the majority of people are overweight and unhealthy. Regular physical activity is an important part of effective weight management, and it helps to control your weight by using excess calories that otherwise would have been stored as fat in your body.
It is important to realize that your weight is basically determined by the number of calories that you eat each day minus those that your body uses up. Obviously the less active you are throughout the day the fewer calories you are going to be using up and therefore the more you are going to have to watch what you eat. Balancing the number of calories that you expend through exercise and physical activity with the calories you eat is going to help you greatly in terms of achieving your desired weight.
Keep in mind that the key to successful weight control and improved overall health is making physical activity a part of your daily routine, even if you’re one hell of a busy parent with 8 kids!
The Health Benefits of Exercise
Whether you are already interested in exercise or not, by understanding the overall importance of exercise you are going to grow more interested with it and therefore benefits from it even more. Research shows that regular exercise, combined with healthy eating of course, is the most efficient and healthful way to control your weight and leading a generally healthy lifestyle. In addition to helping control your weight, research shows that regular physical activity can also help you by reducing your risk of various physical conditions and ailments.
Regular exercise can help by preventing heart disease and stroke by strengthening your heart muscles, lowering your blood pressure, and raising your HDL cholesterol, which is considered as being the good cholesterol. It also helps by lowering LDL or bad cholesterol, improving blood flow, and increasing your heart’s working capacity. It also aids in reducing blood pressure, controlling and even preventing diabetes, and relieving back pain and the symptoms of osteoporosis.
You will also have increased energy because by working out on a regular basis, your body becomes more efficient at burning calories. In turn, you feel more energetic and awake, rather than tired and exhausted. This gives you tons more energy throughout the day and allows you to get done what you need. You also will have an increased metabolism, which means that you will be able to lose weight easier in the future and that you will be generally healthier. Increased exercise leads to a strengthening of the immune system, which means that you are less likely to get sick.
You won’t enjoy the benefits of exercising if you don’t have the motivation to exercise in the first place. That’s why it is important for you to also learn to want to exercise!
The Best Exercise
There are a few types of exercise that are going to be particularly helpful to you here. Although any type of exercise is going to be good for you, there are some which are going to be more productive and help you see results quicker. Cardiovascular activity for one is important and great because it helps you burn fat and gain muscle. Know that, depending on your goals and particular body type, different amounts of cardio are going to be required. Cardiovascular exercise is an incredibly important component of general health and there are many methods for training which have their advantages, cardio offering more than any other type of exercise.
There are various types of cardio exercise that you can partake in, and find cardio that you enjoy and which you are not going to grow tired or bore of. It is true that your body will utilize more fat for energy during this period, and moderate cardio means that your body will recover more quickly, and your heart rate will return to normal within a shorter period of time.
If you are not sure about the different types of exercise or perhaps are just not sure how to get started, then one of the best things you can do is talk to a nutritionist and a personal trainer. They are people who are specially trained in the area of nutrition and fitness, and who will be able to help you with your dietary choices. They can help people who wish to lose weight and who are interested in creating healthy diet and exercise regimes. Fitium is an online site with lots of exercise and weight loss resource where you can start.
Also keep in mind that if you want to get really healthy and fit and add years to your life, you need to continue this way of healthy living for the rest of your life. Healthy living should be a regular part of your life and something that you eventually do not have to force, but rather want to live by.