Everyone knows that physical fitness is as important to our daily lives, but many people are unaware of why or what it does for us.

Bob the Caveman

Human beings evolved nomadic tribesman who spent their entire existence forage for food, shelter and travelling long distances on a daily basis.  Our bodies have been designed to be regularly active.

We are designed to move much like a sports car is designed to go fast.  If you keep a sports car in the garage and only take it for short drives through the neighborhood, it would probably develop engine problems pretty fast.

Over the course of time inactive people tend to develop similar problems to that garage kept sports car.  However, the engine effected is their body.

This blog post is not going to be about changing your entire life, diet, daily habits etc. It is meant to inform you how just a minimal amount of exercise can change your entire mind, body and spirit.

The Celebrity Body

Most people exercise for vanity purposes.  They want to look a certain way in a t-shirt, fit into a dress for an event or have that “beach body” they see all the celebrities have.  Spoiler alert: that celebrity your obsessing over is paid to look that way.   They have a twenty-four our chef, trainer at their disposal and a big fat paycheck at the end of the day.

There are many benefits of daily exercise and maintaining a good fitness level.  Each benefit when combined can turn your body into a pillar of excellence.

First: exercise increases your energy levels.  By strengthening the efficiency of your cardiovascular system.  Your body is able to get transport oxygen and nutrients to your muscles.  In turn your cardiovascular system will work better and everything from standing up to working out will seem easier leaving more energy for the fun things in life.

A “happy” brain

Over time, brain function will also improve.  Physical fitness allows the brain to receive better blood flow and oxygen.  This promotes the release of positive chemicals to the parts of the brain that control memory and learning.  In turn, it will help lower a person’s risk of developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s by strengthening cognitive abilities.

Your immune system will also receive a boost from exercise.  Similar to your brain and cardiovascular system, the increase oxygen and nutrient flow will help your body fuel your white blood cells that fight the viruses and bacteria that enter your body. 

Active people also tend to sleep better.  Good, quality exercise makes your mind and your body tired.  This will allow your body as whole to reach REM that allows you to get a sounds night sleep.  This will help reduce stress and your overall health.

Last but not least, physical fitness will help improve your overall mood. Being active stimulates the release of endorphins. When these hormones are released into your body, they will make you feel better and more relaxed.  This will help lower your stress levels and improve your mood.

Any activity that gets you away from the television or smart phone, gets your hearth rate up and brings pleasure is something that needs to be included in your daily routine.  It will make you a happier, healthier person and improve all aspects of your life.