With gyms and pools closed and many people unable to go out, your exercise routine may have been disrupted. However, it is still important to be physically active, particularly in times of stress. Many free online exercise classes are springing up. We are doing PE with Joe Wicks every morning – you don’t need any equipment or even much space.
Being physically active burns more calories. But it does so much more to help you lose weight…
Exercise helps with stress, which may be contributing to your weight.
When you exercise, your levels of the ‘feel-good’ chemical serotonin increase. Not only does serotonin boost your mood, it also affects your appetite, so you are less likely to overeat.
Being physically active helps balance your blood sugar levels, so you are less likely to crave sweet foods.
Exercise also boosts your metabolism, so you burn more fat, even when resting. If you want to know more about how to boost your metabolism, try our e-book: Boost your metabolism and burn more fat