Working out seems to be all the rage the last few years. If you have spare time, people expect you to slave away at sculpting a better body for yourself, only to realise that a lifestyle of sports doesn’t go together well with your day drinking. It’s a choice we all have to make, and there are no wrong answers. Anyway, despite information about working out being readily available and thrown in your face these days, let’s take a look at some facts about working out that you probably didn’t know. And if you did, here’s a nice refresher.
It Can Get Intense
Exercising too hard probably isn’t the best idea. If you want to now if you’re pushing it too hard, there’s a simple test for that: try to speak a few words without taking a breath. If you can’t, you’re pushing yourself too hard and you need to either exercise more or take a step back. Probably both.
It Can Get You Injured
While exercise is all fun and games until someone loses an eye, the odds of you getting a serious injury can be quite high if you don’t pay attention. If you want to reduce the odds of getting an injury, there’s a very easy trick: mix your exercises up. Don’t keep doing the same thing or the same routine, as this will put stress on the same muscle groups every time.
It Dehydrates You
It makes perfect sense that breaking a sweat would make you dehydrated, but there’s a downside that we’ve all somehow forgotten while exercising. If you get dehydrated by sweating too much, your exercise performance will actually diminish quite a bit. So be sure to keep drinking! I meant water, by the way.
It Helps Against Heart Disease
Working out is good for your blood pressure and cholesterol, which are two of the main factors in heart disease. Since your heart is one of the most important parts of your body, it might be a good idea to keep it as healthy as possible.
It Gets Oxygen Through Your Body
Exercise will make you breathe more, keeping your oxygen levels at the optimal rate. So no matter how hard you’re exercising, your breathing will make sure that your body keeps functioning as it should.
It Burns Calories
Not only does working out burn a lot of calories, it’ll also increase the calories you burn when in rest. That’s right: working out allows you to lose weight without working out. It sounds like a paradox, and I guess it kind of is.
It Boosts Mental Health
Regular exercise can help you improve your mood and your mental wellbeing. If you’re having some rough mood swings, just go for a regular run and it’ll fix you right up!