Benefits of Creating an Exercise Program

Benefits of Creating an Exercise Program

How Exercise Programs can Help with Your Workout

With diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and countless other debilitating diseases in the United States on the rise, there are countless reasons for you to be proactive in an effort to maintain your health, fitness and to live your best life.
While most of these reasons might seem rather obvious, there are also countless benefits that aren’t as well-known. The benefits of staying fit will enhance the quality of your life on multiple levels, mentally, spiritually, physically and socially, boosting your confidence both in and outside of the gym.

While it might seem like focusing on your personal health is far too time-consuming, the benefits that you’ll get in return for your effort are well worth the time it takes to commit to maintaining your physical fitness.

Studies have shown that taking the time to put together an exercise routine and integrate it into your day-to-day life will make it easier for you to stay on schedule and on track to hit your goals.

So whether you’re planning on hitting exercise fitness equipment at your local gym, ordering some new exercise equipment for your home setup, or hopping on that elliptical machine you bought last winter, there is no time like the present to put together an exercise program.
Let’s have a look at some of the benefits that you can achieve by staying physically fit as well as why they’re so important to living long and living healthy.

Physical Fitness and Weight Loss

The United States ranks as the most obese nation in all of the world. Despite being obese, most overweight individuals are still malnourished. Obesity increases the risk of developing numerous life-threatening problems.

These may include stroke, hypertension, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and even various forms of cancer. Being overweight can also cause problems like sleep apnea and osteoarthritis.

The more overweight you are, the higher your chances are of having serious health issues. Luckily, the solution is simple. All you have to do is lose weight. Losing weight can significantly reduce the chances of developing most of the illnesses listed above. Many studies have shown that individuals can improve their general health by losing as few as 10 pounds.

Ready to get in what trainers love to call the “fat burning zone” (heart rate zone at which your body utilizes FAT for energy instead of carbs or protein)?

Elliptical machines such as the BH Fitness S1X1 Elliptical are perfect for getting into that “moderate” fat burning zone for a nice before or after work session.

Confidence and Self Esteem

Many people start exercising to improve their self-esteem and confidence. When you’re obese, or even just slightly overweight, your self-perception drastically shifts in a negative way. It can make you doubt your capabilities and self-worth, which directly impacts your self-esteem, social life and will impact how you perform both inside and outside of the gym.

The psychological drawbacks of being obese, overweight, or even just out of shape may include:

  • Dependence
  • Self-doubt
  • General distrust
  • Feeling unloved
  • Irresponsible behavior
  • Feelings of low self-worth
  • Being hypercritical of one’s self

Everyone wants to feel more confident and rid themselves of their worries and doubts. Who wouldn’t want to abolish anxiety and fill themselves with self-confidence? Everyone wants to be able to believe in themselves and trust that they can do what is needed to achieve their goals.

When you start losing weight and start building muscle, you’ll start to reverse the negative effects of being overweight and rebuild your self-esteem. You’ll find that even minimal changes in your physical fitness will lead to a significant boost in self-confidence and pride.

This confidence isn’t limited to your physical appearance, it’ll reach all the way to your ability to follow through on your plans and achieve the goals you set. Setting a goal and then achieving it will give you a sense of accomplishment and repair your damaged pride.

This restored confidence will then augment other facets of your life. Things like relationships, your work, and even performance in sports will all be boosted once you believe that you can achieve your goals.

Ready to take the next step? If you’re a bit overweight, jumping into high-intensity training might not be the best fit. Consider an elliptical trainer as a low impact, moderate way to get started.

The Horizon Evolve 3 Elliptical Machine is a great option to get started. And if you’re unsure or need additional assistance, consider reaching out to fitness consultants for expert guidance, support and information.

Increased Cognitive Capacities

Regular exercise increases the blood flow to your brain and the rest of your body. By raising the blood flow to your brain, you’ll be able to get the oxygen that your mind needs to operate at a high enough level to make good decisions and function efficiently.

Oxygen is one of the main catalysts that your brain needs to run its chemical processes. That being the case, the more oxygen you have in your brain, the faster your brain will function. Oxygen is like the RAM of your mind.

Exercise can increase the serotonin and energy levels in your brain, which in turn will give you better mental clarity. Exercise doesn’t just strengthen your heart and help you lose weight, it also makes you happier and gives your brain a much-needed tune-up.

The effect that exercise has on your brain is akin to the feeling of taking some Prozac at just the right time. While most people associate exercise with the body, it helps your brain just as much. It’ll improve your mood, increase alertness, and make you feel a whole lot better.

A study showed that children who ran around for 15-45 minutes prior to going to class were less restless when they were studying. This shows that exercise can improve your attention span and make it easier for you to digest new information.

Some animal research also showed that exercise may cause the growth of new stem cells which refreshes the brain as well as other body parts. It can also stimulate the growth of nerves.

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Increased Energy

People who exercise regularly have more energy compared to those who don’t. And who doesn’t like feeling more energized?!

The increase in energy production happens at a cellular level, meaning it’ll take effect across your whole body. Mitochondria located within the cells of your body serve as miniature power plants that produce energy for our body to consume. The number of mitochondria you have in your body increases with your frequency of exercise which means the more you work out, the easier it’ll be for you to produce energy.

This increased in energy and vigor is experienced physically with improved metabolism, meaning you’ll burn more calories even when at rest, and mentally with improved cognition and stabilized neurochemicals.

Closing Thoughts

We all know exercise programs are good for our health and well-being, but taking that first step can be challenging. Give the Baton Rouge team at Fitness Expo a call if you have any questions, need help buying new exercise equipment or are looking for advice on setting up your home gym. We’d love to help. We also have showrooms in Kenner, Shreveport, Metairie, and Jackson in the Mississippi area.