Getting in shape is an important part of a healthy life, and many people have the desire to get in shape with only a vague inclination about what it actually means. Getting in shape means having a particular level of strength, muscular endurance ability, cardiovascular health, and flexibility. Those four factors combined can help to enhance your life and make you look and feel great.
- Did you know that those who have a good level of fitness from exercise have fewer problems sleeping? If you suffer from insomnia, you should know that those who exercise fall asleep quicker (known as having lower sleep onset latency to sleep psychologists) and stay asleep longer, both important symptoms of insomniacs.
- Even if you’re not as in shape as you want to be, regularly exercising improves your self-esteem, regardless of body size and shape. This is thought to be due to the endorphin-related benefits of exercise in the fight against mental ailments like depression. Getting your body in shape has additional benefits to your mind.
- Do you suffer from back pain or regular injuries? If you get in shape (that is, increase your strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility) with regular exercise, you are much less likely to experience the trouble of back pain in the future. The chance of suffering from injuries also significantly decreases if your body is fit and strong. Don’t let current injuries put you off getting in shape, once you recover, exercise is the greatest preventative. Foot injuries can be particularly nasty due to a tendency for them to linger. They can often prevent you from returning to your pre-injury fitness regime (especially for runners). Go to a specialist (there’s a great Podiatrist in Gilbert) and enquire about what form of exercise you can undertake while recovering from a foot injury.
- Reduce your risk of cancer. Research has shown that exercising regularly can help to decrease the risk of colon cancer by 40%, as well as significantly lowering the risk of breast cancer. However, these results may be so high because those who exercise regularly also tend to have better diets, but that shows that part of getting in shape is adopting a good and healthy diet.
- Getting in shape can also make you less clumsy! By using your body more, you develop a greater kinaesthetic awareness and proprioceptive function. These super-scientific words translate as meaning that your subconscious awareness of your body increases, which means that you have a better inkling of where you and your body parts are in relation to your environment and hence don’t bump into inanimate objects (or even people) as often.
If you’re interested in reaping these benefits and getting in shape for whatever reason, you should read more about how to change your routine and exercise techniques that fit in well with your life. The more you read and learn, the more tangible getting in shape will appear to be, and the more likely you will find the motivation and know-how to start your journey into healthiness. Your time is now!