Not All About the Looks: Which Other Areas of Life Does Better Fitness Benefit?

by Editorial Team | March 29th, 2019 | Cardio
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We all know that one of the most popular benefits of exercise and getting shape is looking better, but this only tells a small fragment of the equation. Slowly ramping up your exercise regimen can make enormous changes to many important facets of your life, and here we want to look at where this can make the most profound impact.

Mental Wellbeing

We’ve been banding about this connection for some years now, but it’s worth repeating: working on your body can also pay significant dividends to your mental health. Our minds are, after all, a component of our body, and treating your body poorly can easily manifest as decreased mental acuity.

The most common manifestation of this is straight-up lethargy, a lack of energy which results from a body that doesn’t have the fitness to properly support itself. Being unfit means you not only have lower overall energy level, it means you wear out easier, which can cause major issues for longer days or stressful situations.

There is also a confidence aspect here: being unfit can lower our feelings of self-worth, which can result in the dangerous feedback loop of a negative thought pattern.

Sexual Health and Performance

Sexual activity can require a significant amount of fitness and strength. Improved fitness in this regard helps you play longer and harder and makes it easier to please your partner. This doesn’t just help with you getting the most out of sex: it can also help build a more intimate relationship, and keep them coming back for more. Of course, this is not exactly a cure-all for all sexual problems, but it will build a much stronger base from which to work.

This also links back to the mental health discussion. There are medical solutions to issues like erectile dysfunction, of course, and they can be obtained discretely from online pharmacies such as Formany. But that same online pharmacy outlines that – in addition to being far more common than many think – stress and anxiety are two major causes of such conditions. Hence, by alleviating these underlying causes, exercise can improve sexual performance, too.

Overall Health

We shouldn’t forget that the range of health benefits from getting in shape range far wider than just sexual performance. According to New Zealand’s Heart Foundation, as a little as 30 minutes of brisk walking a day can help generate many major positive changes.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Prevention of heart disease
  • Lowering of blood pressure
  • Reduced chances of stroke and diabetes
  • Building a stronger immune system

Remember, It’s Not Just for You

Getting on board with exercise isn’t just about making yourself healthier, it’s also about making better relationships and setting better examples for the people you love. Having more time and energy for loved ones is something we all appreciate. With better fitness, this only becomes easier.

The same can be said for becoming a role model for others, especially children. Bad habits are never an easy problem to overcome, but by giving people an example of someone doing their best, even if the results are slow, you can help create real change beyond yourself.

Exercise more, live longer, be healthier, be happier – your only regret should be not getting started sooner.

Written by our friend, Euan Hanson.

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All health and fitness information is provided for educational purposes. Please consult with your physician before beginning any exercise regimen.