According to a research in 2017, in Australia 60% of adults are obese and 10% are severely obese. Obesity, on the other hand, is accompanied by a number of health complications ranging from cardiovascular disease, diabetes to arthritis and more. Exercise, in this case, plays a bigger role than diet when it comes to weight maintenance. Staying fit is equal to staying healthy.
In contrast to obesity, fitness ensures proper blood flow, and keeps you strong, both physically as well as emotionally. Looking at the report by the Gyms and Fitness Centers in Australia, we can see that a huge majority in the country is taking fitness seriously. As per its report, the fitness industry has grown drastically over the past 5 years.
Staying fit – living a healthy lifestyle
Imagine having to wake up to the realization that you cannot eat the sugary cookies that your grandma sent or eat salted pretzels? That is what happens in the long-run if your lifestyle is not healthy. How, you ask? When you ignore physical activity and consume unhealthy foods that are high in carbohydrates, sugars or unhealthy fats you put your overall health at risk.
An average of 2.7 serves of discretionary or junk food is consumed by Australians on a daily basis. This is not healthy at all since it should be around 0.25 serves/day.
A healthy lifestyle, however, doesn’t only focus on diet and exercise. In fact, it also includes stress management techniques because worries along have the ability to make you lose sleep and making you put on weight, wreck more havoc too. Also, living healthily requires you to ditch drugs, alcohol, and smoking too.
How does exercise benefit your health?
So how is working out linked to good health? There are several answers to these questions because of the many ways exercise can improve health. Let’s dive into some of the ways exercise can benefit health below:
1 – It supports weight loss
Exercise is directly proportional to energy expenditure which is how it also encourages weight loss. Moreover, working out can also give a boost to the body’s metabolic rate which allows for faster fat burning. The benefits of exercise with regards to weight loss don’t end here; in fact, exercise also encourages the maintenance of lean muscle mass which supports weight maintenance.
2 – Improves mental health
Exercise can improve your mood by the release of endorphins and hormones like serotonin. These also reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Additionally, working out can grow brain cells, improve the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain as well as alter the brain’s structure positively. This all allows it to better memory and the mind’s functionality.
3 – Betters bone and muscle health
Another benefit which you can gain from exercising regularly is that it can develop and maintain your muscles and bones. Exercise increases bone density and it also keeps the loss of strength and muscle mass that occurs with age minimal.
4 – Gives more restful sleep
Working out right before slipping into bed isn’t a good idea because your body is too riled up with energy. However, exercise in general improves sleep. It encourages sleep due to the processes it triggers after spending energy.
5 – It reduces pain
Furthermore, working out can also reduce pain. It takes down pain perception while increasing pain tolerance. Exercising is also recommended for patients of arthritis. Working out reduces chronic pain which is associated with various chronic conditions.
These aren’t all the advantages that come with working out, there are more too. Exercise also boosts energy levels and reduces oxidative stress which means it betters one’s skin’s texture. It can reduce the risk of numerous ailments associated with obesity as well.
Pursing the passion – More on working out
According to the Department of Health, 60% of Australian adults did less than the recommended 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per day. Experts says that as a rule you should go for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per day. However, you can ramp that up as well for gaining more benefits.
However, keep in mind that too much exercise can also have negative side effects. So, once again, moderation is key. How many minutes and how you should exercise also depends on whether you are sticking to aerobic activity or going for vigorous strength training.
Whenever exercising, don’t forget to stay hydrated because you’ll be losing a lot of water content via sweating. Moreover, never undervalue warmup and cool down sessions as well. Typically, people in Australia go for swimming, cycling, walking, running, and jogging. While basic, these exercises also are beneficial.
You can attend workout related events, local, national or international ones if you harbor a passion for fitness. One such event worth highlighting here is the Australian Fitness and Health Expo which happens annually and is one of the largest exhibitions in the country. Here you can catch seminars, product launches, and more that you’re sure to love.
This exhibition was started in 1995 and in just its first exhibit, it attracted about 3000 visitors. In 2012, the expo had about 29,00 industry professionals join in. This year up to 50,000 visitors were expected to join in to view more than 500 exhibitors. The exhibition goes on for three days which were, this time around, from 12 to 14 April.
The importance of workout gear and how you can get it for cheap
Working out without workout gear is, in most cases, a bad idea. Particularly, if you exercise at the gym or do so vigorously. This is because athletic apparel serves more purpose than just supporting the latest fashion trends. Workout gear is more durable because it can withstand environmental elements. It is designed in such a way that it is more breathable in the hot weather and keeps your body’s temperature regulated.
Plus, workout gear is also more comfortable, and it offers more freedom of movement as well. You don’t have to worry about the fabric tearing and embarrassing you while you are busy training. Viewing how the biggest segment of the fitness industry in terms of market volume is wearable at $173 million, it is clear we’re spending a lot on workout apparel in Australia.
However, you don’t have to flash out too much cash on workout gear. You can simply raid a store when a sale is running to purchase at discounted prices or make use of coupons and promo codes. After all, it doesn’t matter from which section you purchase a product. If there is no compromise on quality, better save some bucks.
You can get coupons or vouchers from a brand’s social media networks or subscribe to its email newsletter to receive promo codes. However, the most convenient and popular way to collect coupons these days is by visiting couponing sites. These have active coupons from many Australian brands compiled at one place which makes it easier to select where to shop from. Research about coupon insights show that a lot of people in Australia purchase workout gear using coupons.
Some retailers also send coupons via SMS and many people still hunt for promo codes in the newspaper. Online, coupons are applied at the checkout same as when you use them while shopping in-store.
Staying healthy and fit requires four components mainly – stress management, a healthy diet, sleep, and physical activity. Zooming in on the last one, exercise of at least 30 minutes everyday is essential. You can join the gym for exercising or you can do it at home. If you’re a fitness lover, you should also attend the Australian Fitness and Health Expo. Last but not the least, don’t forget to invest in workout gear as without it, exercising can get difficult.
A writer by day and a reader by night, Evelyn is a blogger and content marketer from Australia. She started her career as a junior writer in an Ad agency but with the passage of time her passion from food and travel grew so much that she started writing her own articles and blogs and get them posted on major Australian websites.