1. Exercise can make you feel happier
It's true! Exercise can improve your mood and make you feel happier, by producing changes in the part of the brain that regulate stress and anxiety. Exercise can increase the production of endorphins, which are known to help produce positive feelings. You don't even have to do anything strenuous to get these effects, even gentle exercise can lift your spirits.
2. Exercise can help you lose or control your weight
Exercise plays an important role in a healthy metabolism and helps you burn more calories per day. Regular exercise also plays a part in maintaining healthy muscles and bones, and assists with weight loss.
3. Exercise can reduce your risk of health conditions and disease
4. Exercise can increase your energy levels
There are fantastic heart and lung health benefits when you exercise regularly. Aerobic exercise boosts the cardiovascular system, which can significantly help with energy levels.
5. Exercise helps you sleep better
Regular physical activity can help you sleep better and give you more energy during the day.
6. Exercise can help put the spark back into your sex life
Doing regular exercise can strengthen your heart, improve blood circulation, tone muscles, and enhance flexibility – all of which can improve your sex life. It can also decrease the risk of erectile dysfunction in men.
7. Exercise can help your brain health and memory
Regular physical activity improves blood flow to the brain and helps brain health and memory. It can help protect mental function for older adults.
Best of all, exercise can be FUN and social! Physical activity is a great way to foster connection, meet up with whānau and friends, and share common interests. If you want some ideas for how to get active with your tamariki/kids and get them involved in a healthy, active lifestyle here are some ideas.(external link)