Benefits of Daily Exercise

Why Daily Exercise is Good for You

I’m a huge proponent of daily exercise. I don’t subscribe to the 3-5 times a week that most experts recommend. Sure, exercising 3-5 times a week is better than no exercise at all. I’ve found that the benefits of daily exercise are worth it. 

Here is what I have found to be true. 

1. Exercise improves your mood

One of the best benefits of daily exercise for me is how it helps improve my depression and decrease my anxiety. Because of that, I end up being more productive on the days I purposely burn calories. I don’t know how it works, I just know it works. 😉

2. Exercise increases energy levels

I didn’t think this was possible until I made exercise a daily habit. Now I have more energy, and I am WAY more productive than I ever was in college. In general, I was lazy. I didn’t want to clean, do laundry, etc. I still got good grades, but I know I could have done better if I hadn’t been so tired all the time.

More energy means you may increase your endurance and will ultimately want to exercise even longer. 

3. Exercise can help control your weight

If you want to lose weight, remember that you cannot outrun a bad diet. Daily exercise can definitely benefit you by helping you maintain your current weight, but a diet change will most likely be necessary if you are wanting to drop pounds. 

4. Regular exercise can help prevent and manage many diseases and chronic conditions

These conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Type II diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • StrokeCancer (many types)

People that exercise on a regular basis tend to live longer because of the benefits daily exercise gives to them in regard to health conditions.

5. Daily exercise improves your sleep

I fall asleep much faster and sleep better on the days I exercise. You want to be careful not to exercise too close to bedtime, though. You don’t need that surge of energy keeping you awake the night before a big event!

6. Exercise can help your social life

If you have friends who love to work out, partner up with them. Not only will you be spending more time with your friends, but your friends may introduce you to new sports or types of exercise, such as weightlifting or boxing. Plus, working out with friends will make you more accountable. Who doesn’t need more accountability in their lives?

7. Daily Exercise can help ward off the Freshman 15

For college students, those 15 (or 40) pounds can creep up on you, and before you know it, you need to go to the store for new clothes. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Daily exercise can help keep some of those pounds at bay. Hopefully, if you’re exercising on a daily basis, you’re also doing other healthy things that will help you avoid the Freshman 15.

Final Thoughts

While I know there are more benefits of daily exercise, these are the big ones that come to mind for me.

It’s quite clear – if you want to live a longer, healthier, and happier life… exercising on a regular (if not daily) basis will help with that goal!

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