With the seasons changing, it’s often hard to stay with your workout routine- assuming you have one. Seasons will drive you indoors due to bad weather, or make you want to be outside when you really need to do your workout. But, staying in shape and getting at least moderate exercise is especially important during the holiday season. The stress of impending family reunions, purchasing gifts on a limited budget, and even that of having kids home for a couple of weeks can have negative effects on more than just your waistline. Here are top 4 health benefits of moderate exercise. Go for a jog and enjoy the amazing health benefits of moderate exercise.
Top 4 Health Benefits of Moderate Exercise
1. Stress Relief
Stress relief is probably the most important one from all the health benefits of moderate exercise. Cortisol is a hormone that builds up in your body due to stress, and is a big cause of overweight problems in many Americans. It is usually blamed for the excess belly fat you may be carrying around. That’s why it’s so important to get at least moderate exercise during the holidays.
If the weather is too bad to get outside, find some workout to do indoors. A gym membership for the winter, or a treadmill or glider for your home can be a great outlet to get rid of stress. Once you experience the relaxation and other health benefits of moderate exercise, you’ll find that your day goes much more smoothly.
2. Burn Calories
Just adding a little bit of moderate exercise every day will burn off some of those extra calories that we all tend to accumulate during the holidays. Besides releasing stress, that added movement will burn calories, and you’ll find that you don’t outgrow your clothes during the holidays. That’s often a welcome relief for many people.
3. “Me” Time
Some people prefer to work out alone, others feel the need to have an accountability partner. However, during the holidays, you accountability partner may not be there for you every time you need him or her. Try to see this as valuable “me” time. The pressure of the holidays often makes people neglect themselves.
Preparing teacher gifts for the kids, baking and delivering holiday goodies for shut-ins, making sure you leave tips for your hairdresser, nail tech, etc., all can make you feel like you have become unimportant. That’s where fitness comes in.
Take off on that walk around the park without going to the trouble to round up the kids. Jump on the family trampoline all by yourself, at least until the kids join you. The time apart from other people and responsibilities can be just what you need to have the strength to handle the rest of the day.
“Me” time is underrated, and if you combine it with mild to moderate exercise, you’ll find that you are much more relaxed.
4. Increase Your Energy Level
If you usually do extremely demanding workouts, you may be tired afterward. But, if you do mild to moderate exercise, you’ll find that your energy level actually increases. Your blood flow improves, your endorphins are released, and you will rest better. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel when you add some mild exercise to your day.
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Author Laura Green loves to write about advice and fitness tips, when she isn’t moonlighting as a writer, you can find her working for Yeotown, a fitness boot camp in Devon. Find Laura Green on Google+.
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