5 benefits of exercising

During this period of self-isolation, we are all trying our best to stay calm and balanced, which is why it’s a good idea to stay active (even though you are at home).  Here are 5 reasons you should be getting regular exercise.

Better memory

If you are studying or taking an online course during this time, then you are going to need to keep your memory sharp. Exercise helps clear your mind, which makes it easier for you to stay focused and remember things better. Setting aside a few minutes each day to do some light exercise can help you get in shape both physically and mentally.   

It improves your mood

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins (happy hormones) which can really change your mood. I know that being at home all day and not being able to socialize or see friends can be a bit of a drag, but staying active can lift your spirit instantly. If you are feeling a bit sad, try doing some light aerobics or yoga and you will see a change in how you feel immediately.

Better sleep

Getting enough quality sleep plays a huge role in helping you stay focused and balanced. Since life has really shifted from what we are used to, our sleep patterns can also be negatively affected. Doing some light exercise daily can help you fall asleep quicker and improve the quality of your sleep. 

Staying fit

We all want to keep fit, which is why we should not neglect our exercise routines. You don’t have to do heavy weight lifting to stay in shape, Choma; doing a bit of yoga, taking a walk or some light jogging are also great ways to keep fit. Don’t know where to start? You can look up Youtube videos or find a few fitness gurus to follow on social media.

Staying healthy

Regardless of your age, it’s important to prioritise your heart health. Exercise helps you keep your heart healthy, while also strengthening your bones and muscles. By increasing blood flow and circulation, you decrease the risk of getting lifestyle related diseases like heart disease and high cholesterol. You can find out more about how exercise assists in heart health here.

I know that it can be difficult to stay active when you are at home, but it’s not impossible. Exercise is beneficial to your overall health and wellbeing, so it is definitely worth investing your time. If you need help planning an exercise routine, have a look at this article.

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