Why staying active is very good for your body and mind
It’s all about willpower when it comes to keeping up a good habit. You’ve been told over a thousand times that a regular workout is good for you — and that is true!
But will it help you reduce body fat?
Yes, but let me start by saying this: exercise is medicine, but for more reasons than just burning calories. It’s extremely good for your mind-body connection and will help you stay motivated. This is the main reason why I work out nearly every day.
It helps me think clearer. During a sweaty workout the blood pressure and flow increase everywhere in the body, including the brain. More blood means more energy and oxygen, which makes our brains perform better. Working out during our workdays makes us more productive and much more focused.
When it comes to weight loss it’s way more effective to start by cutting calories, though. The key is to consume less calories than you burn. Yes, it is as simple as that. As they say: you can’t outrun a bad diet.
Two of the biggest roadblocks in the effort to maintain a healthy weight are probably sugar and processed foods. If you want to get in shape you have to quit sabotaging yourself. Throw away your junk food. In fact, the human body responds better to unprocessed foods that are low in saturated fat, salt and sugar.
However, adding muscle to your body burns fat because muscles need energy to survive. A pound of muscle mass requires between 75 and 150 calories per day, while a pound of fat only needs 3 calories per day. Also one pound of muscle mass takes up about 20% less space than a pound of fat.
While muscles give us the metabolic ability to burn calories every time we move — during exercise, gardening or walking — their true advantage is that they constantly feed on calories. More lean muscle mass will help you burn more calories even when you rest.
Combined with a proper diet, this will increase your metabolism and help you burn off excess body fat at a much faster rate.
Adding exercise to a healthy lifestyle is certainly a more effective way to lose weight than depending just on calorie restriction alone. Exercise can prevent or even reverse the effects of certain diseases. In fact, it lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, which may prevent a heart attack. In addition, if you exercise, you lower your risk of developing certain types of cancers.
Exercise is also known to contribute to a sense of confidence and well-being, thus possibly lowering rates of anxiety and depression.
Long story short
Muscles eat fat. The more you work on building lean muscle mass in your body, the more fat you burn. Your body is constantly burning calories as energy for everything you do. Yes, even during sleep.
If you want to win the fight against excess body fat, get started with an exercise program focused on building lean muscle.