Building and sticking to a regular exercise regime can be tricky at first, but it’s worth persevering as exercise provides numerous long-term benefits. Many people find exercising energising, and especially when they feel fitter and stronger, and there are other significant benefits too.
Regularly exercising can:
- Help with weight control or aid weight loss
- Reduce your risk of Type II diabetes, some cancers and heart disease
- Improve your muscle and bone strength, reducing the risk of osteoporosis later in life
- Improve your overall mood and mental health
- Increase agility so daily tasks are easier and you are less likely to have a fall
- Help you to live a longer and healthier life
Consistency is important as it’s critical to exercise regularly. You don’t need to work out every day and especially if you take vigorous exercise as rest days are important. Strenuous exercise isn’t right for everyone, and even a thirty-minute brisk daily walk can provide enormous health benefits. If it has been a while since you last exercised regularly, make sure you take it slowly and consult your GP before beginning a new exercise regime. One common mistake is to exercise too hard, resulting in an injury that can prevent any physical activity.