Tell-Tale Signs That Your Body Needs More Physical Activity
Whilst the majority of Singaporeans believe that they are healthy, a survey conducted by Prudential Singapore’s Health Literacy Poll would state otherwise. Not only are we not eating enough greens, but we also lack in the exercise department. As a matter of fact, 426 out of the 501 respondents admitted to not hit the recommended 75 minutes of exercise per week. That’s 86 percent of the total participants. Likewise, if you’re one of those that don’t clock in the regular amount of physical activity, you may be ignoring the signs that your body is telling you that it’s in dire need of an exercise.
You Experience Unending Fatigue
You’ve ticked most of the boxes for cultivating a proper sleep cycle. You ensure that you clock in a full 7-hour each night and even take things a little further by eating healthy meals. However, even with these precautions, you always feel tired and lethargic as soon as you wake up.
Extreme fatigue may be due to the lack of exercise, which can cause deconditioning. Deconditioning can hinder your performance by making tasks feel significantly harder to complete. In this case, exercise is highly recommended. A regular exercise routine contributes to more restful sleep by increasing the time you spend in a deep sleep. Exercise has been found to reduce fatigue by as much as 65%! Whilst it may be challenging to start, much less keep up, you’re bound to be grateful first thing in the morning.
You Have Unexplainable Joint and Back Pains
Perhaps unending fatigue is not the only thing that’s bothering you. Do you also experience unexplainable joint aches and back pain?
Apart from your mattress quality, sleeping position and posture, the lack of exercise may be one of the causes. The lack of exercise may result in the stiffening of your spine and the lack of utilisation of the surrounding muscles may cause it to weaken. This goes the same for your joints.
Jumping into an intense workout routine when you have weak joints may not be a sound idea. The same if you experience back pains. This is a definite no-no, especially when you are on the heavy side, as an intense physical activity will put a strain on your joints, which is the last thing you’d want. Apart from researching the types of exercises that you can do, you may also want to sign up for a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) weight loss treatment. At Slim Couture, our TCM weight loss treatment will look into your health and even your physicality. By using specialised techniques like Guasha, it will help to stimulate better blood flow and increased circulation, which can be effective against joint aches and back pain. Not only does this slimming treatment will shed off a few pounds on its own, relieved joints and back will make it easier for you to move around and continue with an exercise routine.
You Can’t Cope with Stress
The adverse effects of a sedentary lifestyle don’t just stop at the physical, but it will also leak into the psyche. When you are always fatigued and plagued with constant body aches, coupled with the inability to complete tasks, you’re bound to accumulate stress. In the worst scenario, you’d get overwhelmed and crumble under it.
Exercise helps by not only eliminating body aches and fatigue, but you will also be happy. At the chemical side, at least, exercising will promote the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which will boost your mood and cognitive ability. Your body also releases dopamine, and beta-endorphins – the feel-good hormones – and reduces cortisol – the stress hormone – levels in your system.
You Have Issues Digesting Food
Workout sessions do more than just burn those extra calories and increasing your metabolism rate. Exercising helps the contraction of the intestinal wall muscles. It helps to strengthen the digestive tract and keep it healthy. By increasing blood flow, it aids in the digestion and reduces any issues.
As you can see, exercise does not just affect your physical health, but it influences your mental and emotional health as well. In a society such as Singapore’s, not adopting a sedentary lifestyle seems almost impossible. The lack of time is also an issue.
Instead of exercising for a full 75 minutes in a day, break it up into 20 minutes that you can intersperse during the week. This is a more doable approach, one that your body will thank you for.