This September, National Fitness Day returns for 2017, aiming to celebrate fitness and encourage more people to get active. Founded by the Energie Group back in 2011, National Fitness Day was handed over to UKActive in 2014 and it offers a wide range of activities across the country.
It aims to make exercising fun, hosting events such as ‘Plank-offs’, dance-offs and HIIT workouts right on the high street. The day is aimed at all age ranges and abilities. From those who never exercise, to keen athletes – everyone can take part in the fun.
To celebrate this awesome day, below we’ll look at 5 benefits of embracing exercise and why you will want to consider joining in on September 27th.
1. It’s great at combatting mental health issues
Exercise is most commonly associated with its physical and weight loss benefits. However, it is also known to have a significant benefit on mental health. From combatting depression to reducing stress, regular exercise leaves you feeling emotionally great.
This is largely thanks to the endorphins released during physical activity. Commonly referred to as the ‘feel good hormone’, you are guaranteed to feel happier and more relaxed after a 30-minute workout session.
It isn’t just strenuous cardio-based exercise which can help with mental health issues. Studies have shown that yoga is particularly good at treating depression symptoms. Two sessions of yoga a week can dramatically reduce depression, as well as provide many other great emotional benefits.
2. It helps you to lose and regulate your weight
Diet alone cannot help you to lose or regulate your weight. Physical activity is also required to help you achieve your weight loss goals. As you exercise, you burn off calories and the more intense the exercise is, the more calories you are going to lose.
It also helps to build up muscle, which makes losing weight much easier. However, it is important to remember that muscle does weigh more than fat. Therefore, do not be discouraged if you exercise regularly and do not notice much weight loss. It could be the number you are seeing on the scales is actually an indication of the muscles you have built.
3. It improves your heart’s fitness
Regular exercise is also brilliant for boosting your cardiovascular health. It does this by reducing the blood pressure, lowering the triglyceride levels and preventing harmful plaque from building up and clogging the arteries.
Exercise also boosts high-density lipoprotein levels within the blood, in turn reducing the risk of stroke. Many people forget the heart is a muscle and like any other muscle in the body, the more you work it, the stronger it becomes.
4. It gives you an energy boost
One of the main reasons many people put off exercising, is because they feel too tired to even consider doing anything physical. However, regular exercise is known to boost energy levels. As you work out, oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the tissues of the body, ensuring the cardiovascular system works more efficiently.
You won’t just have an energy boost after completing the workout, it will also gradually increase your endurance over time too – providing the body with a permanent boost of energy.
5. Helping to prevent serious illness
Your cardiovascular health isn’t the only thing to benefit from regular exercise. Physical activity can help to reduce your risk of numerous serious illnesses including Type 2 Diabetes, arthritis, stroke and various types of cancer. Therefore, those seeking to live a long, happy and healthy life need to be exercising regularly.
The above are just some of the key benefits regular exercise provides. Why not start your fitness journey and gear up to take part in National Fitness Day?