If you are anything like me, the idea of exercising every day is foreign, if not outright abhorrent. You might be wondering how anybody can stay in shape by working out every day. It’s all well and good to exercise for an hour on Monday morning, but what about throughout the week? What about weekends? Can people do this?
The answer is “yes.” That’s because anybody can do it, and that’s why you should too.
If you’re wondering what the benefits are to exercising every day, here’s a quick list: increased metabolic rate, decreased risk of getting diabetes or stroke, lower blood pressure, stronger muscles, and bones. It doesn’t end there.
Exercising every day has also been shown to improve memory in adults, adolescents, and children. It helps to maintain mental functions as people get older, which is essential for elderly people who are likely to be suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Research done by Jon Willoughby at the State University of New York – Buffalo showed that doing moderate exercise every day minimized the mental decline that comes with aging. Doing intense exercise, however, worsened it. Willoughby’s research also shows that exercising every day is better than going at it once a week, or even three times a week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been doing extensive research on how staying physically active can benefit people of all ages, including your age.
That’s why you should exercise every day. We’ll go over the whys and hows in detail throughout the article, but first, let’s address some common misconceptions about exercising every day.
First off, some people think that they don’t have enough time to work out as often as they should. They might not be able to wake up an hour earlier or go run for a half-hour after work, and that’s perfectly fine. More is not always better when it comes to working out. Twenty-five minutes every day is the recommended amount of time spent exercising each day by the CDC, and you don’t need to do it all at once, you can break it up into two to three sittings. It’s also perfectly fine to do shorter periods of exercise instead of longer ones.
Short bursts of daily exercise are known as “microbursts” and research has shown that this is an effective method for improving overall health. You don’t even need to get out of your seat to get microbursts. Televised programs like the Biggest Loser show contestants doing chair exercises, and these types of exercises can also improve lower back pain and decrease falls in the elderly.
Another common misconception is that exercising every day causes people to get “bored.” But how could somebody ever get bored with a workout routine that is tailored to their needs? You can do a different type of exercise every day or you can stick with the same routine if it works for you. If you’ve been going to a gym regularly, have you ever gotten bored with your routine there? Probably not, because it’s tailor-made for your needs and goals.