Whether you’re a complete beginner or a “re-starter”, you must be wondering how physical activity will impact you and your health. Exercising will not only change your lifestyle but will also have some interesting benefits on your body!
You might start to feel a difference once you start exercising. You might feel a shift in your emotions, for instance, or notice that it doesn’t feel as difficult to walk up a flight of stairs. But what’s actually going on with your body below the surface? Here are a few of the many incredible ways your body changes once you start working out.
A)You might feel hungrier than usual
If you’re suddenly ravenous after starting a new workout routine, it’s not all in your head-since you’re burning more calories than your body’s used to, it might be looking to refuel. Increased hunger seems to be highly individualized: Some people experience it while others do not,If you do find yourself hungrier than usual, no need to ignore it-just make sure you’re mostly filling up on healthy options. A post-workout snack with a balance of protein and healthy carbs can also help keep hunger levels in check throughout the day
B)You’ll get better sleep
If you struggle to get the hours of sleep you need, getting into an exercise routine can help. Exercise helps to improve the duration and quality of sleep. The timing of your workout does play a role here. For some people, working out too close to bedtime can cause a burst of energy that distracts from sleep. However, according to the National Sleep Foundation this isn’t the case for everyone. If you can work out after dark and pass out afterwards without a problem, go for it.
C)You feel sore
Muscles that are a little tired and sore after a workout mean your regimen is working. Your muscle cells, which sustain damage during exercise, are repairing and remodeling, and getting stronger. You may feel the most soreness 24 to 48 hours after a workout (called delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS). This should go away within 3 to 4 days. If it doesn’t, or if you feel pain after a workout, talk to your doctor. You can also take a short walk or do a light activity like swimming after your workout to help minimize the soreness.
D)You’ll have more energy
In the beginning, you will most probably feel tired all the time, down not ready to do a thing. This is because you have not worked liked that in your life ever before. Do not feel demotivated because this is a subtle downside that you must face for a short time because the body needs time to adjust to things. Once your body is adjusted to it you will notice increased energy levels and active body, well most of the time. This also depends on what is your daily routine and work.
E)You feel Better
The mood-boosting benefits of working out can feel just as rewarding as the physical benefits. There’s nothing like that immediate post-workout high (thank you, endorphins), and exercise has also been shown to help manage daily stress for many people, according to the American Psychological Association. You’ll probably realize after a few good workouts that sweating out your frustrations and stressors can feel pretty therapeutic. Working out can be a way to process your thoughts (or distract yourself from them, if that’s what you need). Plus, exercising outdoors is a great way to get some mood-boosting fresh air, too. At the end of the day, it’s “you” time, which is a major element of self-care.
F)You build up muscles
Yes, you will get “gains,” as the teens say. When you work out, you make tiny tears in your muscle fibers. These tears are then repaired and built upon, resulting in stronger connective tissue and stronger muscles. The diameter of your muscle fibers increases. Certain types of exercise (specifically weight training) result in an increase in muscle mass called muscle hypertrophy, which occurs when individual muscle cells expand. This is where the myth comes from that women will get “bulky” if they weight train. However, this myth has been widely debunked. No matter in what way your muscles grow, they will start to use up more energy-even when you are not exercising. Scientists believe that this phenomenon plays a role in exercise’s effect on metabolism.
G)You’ll have active brain
Working out makes more blood to reach muscles and brain. It increases your brain’s performance. Brain cells are more active now and you feel alert, awake and focused. You might feel fatigued in the beginning but after a short time, it gets right and better before.