As we already know, exercise has a positive effect on our physical and mental health. But there’s a huge difference between knowing that we should exercise regularly, and actually doing the exercise itself. Life is busy, and it’s often hard to drum up the motivation to get one’s body moving. So we put together a little list of fun facts about exercise that might be just enough to encourage each other to maintain those fitness levels.
If you were looking for motivation to work out, you have come to the right place! Let’s take a look at some of the fun facts about exercising.
- Exercise increases levels of HDL cholesterol in your body. HDL is the GOOD cholesterol, which removes the bad cholesterol and plaque in your arteries!
- 200 muscles are in use when you take a single step forward.
- Regular exercise is required to prevent losing muscle strength. Lack of regular exercise causes a loss of up to 80% of muscle strength by the age of 65. So don’t quit.
- Regular exercise helps keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check, which drastically reduces your risk of heart disease.
- Exercise causes the release of endorphins, which are chemicals responsible for elevating your mood, which ultimately improves mental health.
- Physical activity increases the rate of metabolism, which allows your body to burn calories even at rest.
- Since muscle burns three times the number of calories than fat, having more muscle allows the consumption of more calories.
- Exercising allows you to receive a better quality of sleep as it relaxes your mind and body.
- The knee is most susceptible to injury while exercising as it is the most complex joint in the body, so consider mixing low impact exercises into your regime.
- While running, the pressure on your feet is about 3 to 4 times your body weight with every step. Good shoes and form are crucial. Trade off for a nature hike once in a while.
- Dehydration reduces your performance while exercising. Skip the sugary sports drinks and drink that water!
- The heart beats about 100,000 times a day and is, therefore, the most worked muscle in your body. Exercising will increase that rate, so you’re giving your ticker a workout too.
- There is a lot of new research suggesting that exercise improves your immune system and helps you fight bacteria and viruses.
Exercising has so many advantages and should be a huge priority in your daily life. It improves your overall well-being and contributes to your productivity and self-esteem. These are arguably very important factors in your life and should be nurtured. Exercise is the kind of ‘me time’ that everyone needs to enjoy life to the fullest.