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5 Benefits of an Active Lifestyle

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I used to be an active kid — kicking the football with friends, riding my bike most days or playing cricket. This reduced as I entered high school and studies took priority with cricket and cycling being relegated to weekends and summer holidays. Of course, the weight gain came with that {and puberty and bad eating, I suppose} and like most teenage girls, I ended up being unhappy with my body. in the last three years though, I have regained my love for an active lifestyle. To the point where I get stir-crazy if I haven’t done something active for more than two days in a row {I am capable of taking a break for a day or two!}.

Let me clarify one thing — an active lifestyle to me, doesn’t always involve hitting the gym {which I love!}. It’s also hiking, exploring new places on foot, going for walks, riding a bike which you could get from 99 bikes, or swimming in the beach. People with better rhythm and coordination might also like dancing or zumba as part of an active lifestyle. In any case, as long as you are moving and not slouched on the couch all day, you are being active.

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Here are some of my benefits of an active lifestyle:

Better Mood

For me personally, this is the biggest reward of an active lifestyle. Sure, I’m in a bit of a mood slump at the moment but my mood does pick up when I’m exercising. Of course, there’s heaps of research out there to show that exercising and being active, helps your mood. It’s all about those endorphins!

Better health

If weight loss is your goal, then an active lifestyle is a great start. Of course, even if you just want to manage your weight, it’s important to have an active lifestyle. Being a healthy weight reduces the risk of cardiac disease and illnesses like diabetes. One of the motivators for me to kickstart my active lifestyle was my mum needing to undergo a bypass surgery at the age of 52 in spite of being reasonably healthy, active and not having cholesterol problems. The way I saw it, if she could have it at 52, then with my inactive lifestyle, I was looking at heart problems at 40.

Better sleep

If you are physically active, you are more likely to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep for longer. Sure there are several reasons behind sleep problems including bad sleep habits, but if you are inactive and struggling with falling asleep or staying asleep, trying increasing your activity levels during the day and see if there is a change. I know I have no trouble falling asleep…I just don’t get enough hours!

Less stress

Similar to mood, exercise and activity is helpful in dealing with stress and anxiety levels. I always tell my clients how if it wasn’t for exercise I’d be a basket case. It’s true. My work is stressful. And I need my time to not focus on any of it. Exercising at the gym or hiking out in nature really helps my stress levels.

Meeting new friends

You can meet some amazing people when you start getting active. It’s kinda like bloggers meeting bloggers and discovering a wonderful community. I have made some wonderful friends through hiking and camping, and meet some lovely people at the gym I go to {which is unlike your usual chains and more personable}. It’s a great way to expand your social group and keep you motivated to be active.

Do you lead an active lifestyle? What are some of its benefits for you?

Do share!

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Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Soumya
    July 23, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I am guilty of procrastinating my active lifestyle plan. Although I do yoga regularly, I want to get outside and do more activities.
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  • Soumya
    July 23, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I am guilty of procrastinating my active lifestyle plan. Although I do yoga regularly, I want to get outside and do more activities.
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  • Shalini
    July 24, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Ha, true that! My lifestyle can be described as sedentary. Until I realized I’m not even able to look at my body, forget loving it. I just joined the Zumba classes and already it makes me feel so happy and energized. Loved the article!

  • Shalini
    July 24, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Ha, true that! My lifestyle can be described as sedentary. Until I realized I’m not even able to look at my body, forget loving it. I just joined the Zumba classes and already it makes me feel so happy and energized. Loved the article!

  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    July 24, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I’m not very active but went for a long walk with 2 bloggy friends yesterday and I felt so great afterwards!
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    July 24, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I’m not very active but went for a long walk with 2 bloggy friends yesterday and I felt so great afterwards!
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  • Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    July 24, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I always feel better when I am active for exactly these reasons.
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  • Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    July 24, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I always feel better when I am active for exactly these reasons.
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  • elly stornebrink
    July 25, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    All great reasons to exercise for sure! 🙂 However, I am not as active as I could/should be! Though I have been walking more since about May and dancing on and off the past couple of months, I haven’t done much else. Oh, I am walking up and down stairs at work and around the block during breaks from time to time, though I still need to up the ante! 😉 <3
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  • elly stornebrink
    July 25, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    All great reasons to exercise for sure! 🙂 However, I am not as active as I could/should be! Though I have been walking more since about May and dancing on and off the past couple of months, I haven’t done much else. Oh, I am walking up and down stairs at work and around the block during breaks from time to time, though I still need to up the ante! 😉 <3
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  • Ashleigh - mymeow.com.au
    July 27, 2015 at 7:38 am

    For me sleep is the biggest thing. I love the feeling after a big work out of being all clean and falling into bed! Amazing. I have just sold my bike to buy a stand up paddleboard this summer!
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  • Ashleigh - mymeow.com.au
    July 27, 2015 at 7:38 am

    For me sleep is the biggest thing. I love the feeling after a big work out of being all clean and falling into bed! Amazing. I have just sold my bike to buy a stand up paddleboard this summer!
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  • LisaW
    July 27, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I’m trying to lead a more active lifestyle. As much as it is a struggle for me to go to the gym, once I’m there I have fun, and feel fantastic after!
    Cheers, Lis.
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  • LisaW
    July 27, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I’m trying to lead a more active lifestyle. As much as it is a struggle for me to go to the gym, once I’m there I have fun, and feel fantastic after!
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  • Alysha Herrmann
    July 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I don’t know that I’d describe my lifestyle as active, but it’s definitely not passive either. Moving my body and my body’s ability to move gives me great joy. I love all the shapes it can make, the different exploration of how I move my body between spaces and activities. There’s a lot of joy to come from that.
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  • Alysha Herrmann
    July 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I don’t know that I’d describe my lifestyle as active, but it’s definitely not passive either. Moving my body and my body’s ability to move gives me great joy. I love all the shapes it can make, the different exploration of how I move my body between spaces and activities. There’s a lot of joy to come from that.
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