Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, so we felt at Vital Health and Wellbeing it was time we looked at the real reasons why regular exercise and a healthy diet will help you to love your body.

When you nurture and nourish your body it will repay you in countless ways. Your weight loss / maintenance will be consistent, your skin will glow with health, your energy levels, happiness levels and concentration levels will receive a boost, you will feel confident and radiate wellbeing, and you will be less prone to suffering from anxiety, depression and a low mood. Furthermore, as an added incentive it is proven that for those people who enjoy a healthy and nutritious diet alongside plenty of regular physical activity then an increase in life expectancy can be reported.

Making simple but sustainable changes to your diet, lifestyle and fitness routine could make a whole world of difference to the results you enjoy – and how you feel about your body. Simply switching to a diet which contains plenty of healthy, delicious and nutritious food (such as 5 portions a day of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grain carbohydrates), as well as enjoying a regular and well-structured fitness routine, means you will be well on the way to loving your body – and your life.

So with this in mind let’s take a closer look at how plenty of regular exercise and a diet full of healthy and super tasty food is your recipe to loving your body:

1. The benefits of regular exercise.

Enjoying a regular exercise schedule is not only good fun, but it is a proven miracle cure! It can reduce your risk of developing an array of serious and chronic illnesses, such as certain cancers, stroke, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It can help to reduce blood cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. And it can even extend your life by up to 30%.

Regardless of your age or fitness level, there is plenty of research and evidence which suggests that enjoying regular physical activity will make you happier and healthier. Furthermore, it is proven to help you feel better about yourself and it boosts self-esteem and sleep quality too – as well as energy levels and mood. Regular exercise can also help to reduce your risk of suffering from depression, stress, anxiety, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
If you are feeling lethargic or a little down in the dumps, then why not head to the gym or enjoy a fitness class for a hit of exercise and happy hormones. Exercise will make you feel energised and more alert. It will also stimulate brain chemicals that produce feelings of happiness and contentment. Plus, your body will become lean and toned too, which will result in you feeling really good about yourself.

Carrying excess weight is attributed to causing an array of physical, emotional, and health problems. The most effective weight loss method is regular physical activity combined with a healthy and nutritious diet. And achieving your weight loss goals is yet another way that exercise and healthy eating will help you to start loving your body again!

2. The benefits of healthy eating.

Enjoying a well-balanced diet will do wonders for your waistline, skin, health, wellbeing, energy levels and your mood. The perfect diet should contain plenty of fruit, vegetables, lean proteins including dairy, and whole carbohydrates. Regular, healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks will help to stabilise blood pressure. And try to ensure that you limit salt, sugar, saturated fats, alcohol and caffeine