Most people have associated exercises to those individuals who are overweight and wish to lose weight. But this is not the case because regular exercising is not only recommended to people who want to to lose weight but for all people. Regular exercises help in preventing the occurrence of diseases and heart-related diseases. This is because the exercises help in improving the overall quality of one’s life. In this article, we outline the various benefits of regular activities and how they can help you live a healthy life.
Promotes better sleep
If you experience a lot of problems when you want to sleep, then you should consider doing exercises during the day. This is because the exercise will enable you to fall asleep faster and also deepen your sleep. The workout done in the day makes your body to be exhausted and demand for rest. However, you are advised that you don’t exercise almost during your bedtime because you will be too energized to sleep.
Exercise improves your sex life
In cases where you get exhausted and don’t feel like having the physical intimacy then you should try exercising regularly. This is because the exercises will help you to be in shape, enhance your physical appearance and increase the energy levels hence be boosting your sex life.
Combating of health conditions and diseases
All individuals whether overweight or not need regular exercises. The exercises will help in preventing heart diseases like blood pressure and stroke. This is because when you are active, you boost the high-density lipoprotein and decrease the unhealthy triglycerides. This aspect will enable blood to flow smoothly and hence will reduce the cardiovascular diseases.
Exercises control weight
Through regular exercising, one can maintain or prevent excess weight gain or loss weight. This is because engaging in physical exercises help in burning of calories and this depends on the intensity of the exercises. The more intense the exercise, the more calories you will be able to burn. Also, it is essential that you maintain consistency so that you can achieve the desired results.
Help in improving your mood
After you have had a fair share of stress at work to boost your mood you can consider visiting the gym to exercise. This is because exercises have been known to stimulate the brain chemicals which may leave you with a happier feeling and more relaxed. Change in appearance after regular excises will help you in improving your self-esteem. Similarly, the appearance will enable you to be more confident.
Sodium is an important part of one’s diet as it contributes to balancing of electrolytes, prevents edema and regulates blood pressure.
Although natural foods have small quantities of sodium we love adding more in form of sodium chloride (salt) to make our meals tastier. This is rather unfortunate because excess salt is dangerous for health but on the flipside inadequate sodium in your system will also cause problems.
How much sodium should you actually eat?
How much sodium should you actually eat? This is a common question indicating just how much confusion there is around the subject. According to the American Heart Association you shouldn’t exceed 1500mg of sodium per day. You can achieve this goal by cutting back on salty snacks and reducing the amount of table salt in your food. It might be difficult at first but less salt in your body could save you from blood pressure and heart problems. While 1500mg is the recommended amount of sodium, athletes and people who sweat a lot might require more.
If you use a teaspoon to measure salt at home, this breakdown should be of help:
· 1/4 teaspoon=575mg
· 1/2 teaspoon=1150mg
· 3/4 teaspoon=1725 mg
· 1 teaspoon=2300mg
The American Heart Association agrees that it might not be easy to reduce salt intake to less than a teaspoon each day but if people cut salt to at most 2400 mg the results will be inspiring. There will be reduced incidences of heart attacks or high blood pressure owing to a good balance in electrolytes. It is easy to keep track of salt consumed by noting all foods eaten throughout the day.
It is extremely rare to hear of problems caused by inadequate sodium intake as the little amounts needed are already present in food. Symptoms of sodium deficiency include apathy, feelings of weakness, nausea and cramps which can be averted using a sodium pill.
Terms describing sodium levels in food
If you must buy processed foods, watch out for the following terms on the packages to help you know exactly how much sodium you are getting:
· Light in sodium – sodium has been cut by 50%
· Reduced sodium – means that the food contains 25% less sodium per serving than usual.
· Low sodium – Contains 140 mg or less per serving.
· Very low sodium – A single serving will give you 35 mg or less.
We clearly need sodium to stay healthy but as with any other nutrient, moderation is important. Take no less or more than what you need to maintain optimal blood pressure and keep heart problems at bay.
SoulCycle is the latest fitness trend which has caught the attention of many people.
It is basically a fitness studio which specializes in making people fit through indoor cycling. Once I started doing it, my life has changed forever.
– How SoulCycle changed my life forever:
1. Very Positive Environment:
Most of the classes are organized in a very dark studio in the presence of just a few candles. The instructors are extremely friendly and will motivate you to work harder. I also got to meet fellow like minded people who are determined to stay fit. The overall atmosphere is very positive. Everyone just wants to stay fit, there is no competition between anyone.
2. Complete workout:
Each class is for around 45 minutes, and they will cover all the important muscles of your body within that time. There will be some high speed cycling. After that, there may be some sprints. They also make you do arm exercises on the bike. The classes generally ends with a stretch. The process is very systematic. It is not just about the legs, the entire body is getting benefited. Initially, it is very tiring. In the first class, I sweated like anything. But with time, I became comfortable.
3. Losing weight:
It is a great exercise if you want to lose weight. 45 minutes of cycling everyday will help you to burn around 700 calories everyday. Before joining the classes, I was not in the best shape. I gained some weight because of sitting long hours in my desk job. I was slightly nervous before attending the first class. But the SoulCycle classes are for everyone. You don’t be perfectly fit before joining it. After a few classes, you will realize the difference and you will feel a lot more confident about yourself.
4. Extremely fun way of staying fit:
The classes were extremely fun. You won’t even realize how quickly the 45 minute goes by. They play music, on the basis of which you need to cycle. If the pace of the music increases, you need to cycle fast. Again, if the pace is slow, you also need to slow down a little.
I got to meet a lot of different kinds of people in the SoulCycle classes. The instructors may be professional athletes. Some of them have even left their jobs to pursue their interests. Their stories and their journey motivated me very much, and made me more determined to work hard.