I haven’t regularly exercised since college, and that was years ago. Can I really get benefits now?
Last Updated: 05/11/2021 at 5:39pm
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Any time that you start exercising, it will give you some benefit. It may be hard to get back into exercising if it has been a long time, but it's always great to start working on your health! You may even get better results than you expect :)
Regardless of how old we start, or how long ago it has been, there will ALWAYS be benefits. Let's take age for example. If you start exercising when you're say 60, you can gain more flexibiliry and may help with lessening the occurence of falls and injuries, and may help with osteoporosis. Now, let's take exercising after having stopped for a long time. Depending on the type of exercise (take cardio for example), it might help with endurance, speed and stamina, and help you feel less exhausted after having walked 30mins to somewhere. Or strength straining- it'll help you develop muscle strength and endurance, which can really benefit you in sports or even just lifting something really heavy. But most of all, exercise has positive health ebenfits, such as xecreased risk of some diseases such as diabetes, and less risk of obesity (which could lead to different diseases). Also, exercise has been proven to release feel-good emotions in your system, which will imrpove your mood and make you feel more energised and ready to tackle the day ahead. So, the take-away from this post is that YES, you can still reap the benefits of exercise regardless of how long it's been since you stopped.
Absolutely! It's never too late to start exercising and pledge to bed more active. College is a very busy and crucial time for many people and it's definitely difficult to take time out for yourself. It is a huge step to see that you are seriously considering taking positive steps in order to better your health and improve your wellbeing, so kudos for that! All it takes to see the benefits is commitment and consistency. It may take time, but stick with it and your hard work will surely pay off. Wishing you the best of luck and you got this!
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