New year, new you? If that’s the mantra you’ve been repeating to yourself over the past few days or even weeks, it’s a good one. Assuming you have been unhappy with various aspects of your life in the past, now is a great time to make the changes you know you need to make to ensure your life going forward is a completely happy one.
One of the ways that this can be done if by getting fitter. Becoming fitter can have many different life-changing results, and by carrying out some simple exercises and building up to doing more, by the end of the next 12 months your life could well have changed hugely. Here are just some of the ways that getting fit really can change your life.
You’ll Live Longer
There is only one way to extend your lifespan, and that is to be fit and healthy as much as possible. The better you treat your body the longer it will last (barring, of course, disease and accident), and therefore getting fit as soon as you can increase your longevity now, rather than later down the line.
When you exercise just a little on a regular basis, you can add years to your life. You will be getting your body to the state that it is meant to be in and ensuring that it works at its absolute best. In this way, illness can more easily be fought off, and even accidents, as mentioned above, might have a quicker healing time if your body is in great condition.
Joining a gym is a good start, but if you don’t go then it’s just a waste of money. You need to have the mindset to get fitter and healthier, and you can get into that mindset simply by starting to walk every day, for example. When you start to see results and confidence sets in, you might then choose to join a gym or a class. Do what works for you but do something – it’s important.
You’ll Feel Happier
Yes, there are numerous physical benefits that come with getting fit, but the mental improvements are also extremely important. When you get fitter you will feel happier, and this is a proven fact. Exercise increases the amount of serotonin (the happy hormone) in your body, flooding your senses. Everything will seem better and you will feel wonderful. Even if you are suffering from mild depression, or just having a bad day, exercise will replace the cortisol in your body (the stress hormone) and improve how you are feeling.
More Self Esteem
Being able to truly love yourself is one of the ultimate goals in life. Once you can do this, you will be able to take on any challenge with complete self-confidence and high self-esteem. It can be hard to reach this level, however.
Getting fit will help you get there. Not only will you feel good as mentioned above, but you will look good too – getting fit can mean losing weight and bulking up your muscle, but even if this isn’t your reason for working out, the healthy glow to your cheeks and the smile on your face will give you a more pleasing appearance too.
Once you are on the road to greater self-esteem, don’t let the momentum stop. What don’t you like about yourself? Now is the time to deal with it. If you hate your thinning hair consider a DHI hair transplant; if you dislike your crooked teeth, make an appointment with a dentist; if you don’t like wearing glasses, try contact lenses. Do what makes you happy and boost your self-esteem even more.
You’ll Have More Energy
How do you feel in your daily life? If you’re constantly tired and you feel overworked and overwhelmed, if all you want to do at the end of the day is collapse onto the sofa or even crawl into bed, you need to have more energy.
Working out will give you that energy, and you will be able to do much more than get up, go to work, come home and go to bed. There is so much more to life than this, but when you’re not energised you won’t be able to take advantage of it all.
When you’re tired and you want to wake up a little more, sitting down and resting could be the very worst thing you can do – it’s far better to start moving and exercising; surprisingly enough, the result of this will be that you feel much more awake than if you had gone for a nap or sat down to ‘recover’ from the day. It could be a hard habit to get into, but once you have more energy, you will be able to add so much more to your life, and you’ll be pleased you did.