Modern lifestyles are more laid back than the ones humans evolved to live. There’s less need for us to run, hunt, chop wood and fight to survive.. which is great, but inactivity can cause serious problems for our bodies.
Everyone has their own reasons for training. Remembering what yours are will make it easier to get off the sofa – quite often leaving the house is the hardest part of training.
In the gym we continually push the boundaries of what is possible for us. This helps give us the strength of mind to push through barriers in other areas of our lives.
Benefits of Fitness Training include changes to both your physical and mental health..
- Increased strength – particularly important for sport or for people with active jobs and lifestyles, but everyone can benefit from getting stronger and more able.
- Improved mobility – this can lead to you taking part in things you might have avoided before.
- Better energy levels and endurance – working on your fitness will make your day-to-day life seem more manageable.
- Improved confidence and satisfaction with your appearance – not what it’s all about, but feeling happy in the skin you’re in can help your overall state of mind.
- Better cardio vascular health – fitness training helps your body process oxygen better and improve blood flow which increases strength and functionalitly throughout your body, including your brain.
- Regular exercise means you are less likely to experience health problems including: cancer, Alzheimers, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels.. the list goes on.
- Less chance of injury – a stronger body will mean you’re less likely to pull muscles during your day-to-day life.
- Weight training increases bone density (which starts to decrease at the age of 30), so you’ll be less likely to break bones or develop conditions like osteoporosis later in life.
- Many people over the age of 50 can’t stand up from a chair without using their hands – an indicator of a decline in mobility. This can be due to the loss of muscle fibres (which happens as we age). Strength training can slow this process keeping us active and for longer. Ideally we should train throughout our lives, but we can still get benefits from it if we start later on.
- Improved mood.
- Better sleep quality.
- Reduces anxiety and depression.
- Improves metabolism and burns fat.
These are just some of the reasons you should make regular exercise part of your life.