Working Out With Kettlebells Will Be the Best Decision You Will Ever Make
If you have ever watched the hugely popular reality TV show, The Biggest Loser, then you may have noticed that the participants often use these odd-shaped devices shaped like bells with a handle on top in many of their exercises. These are the ubiquitous kettlebells, the torture method of choice by most trainers. In fact, the show’s very own Bob Harper has his own line of kettlebells which are sold in Target!
Kettlebells are your friends.
Indeed, kettlebells are becoming one of the most preferred fitness tools used by trainers nationwide. The reason why kettlebells are so popular is that it is an easy and useful tool if you want to get a full body workout in one go. For example, kettlebell swings, the most basic of these kettlebell workouts, is an intense workout that can help develop strong hamstrings and glutes, as well as tone the back and shoulder muscles. These swings also boost cardiovascular endurance, too, as well as help train your muscles by enabling you to do repetitions while progressively increasing the load, which, in turn, improves your overall work capacity.
And the benefits of kettlebells do not stop there. As an exercise device, it is also very handy and easy to use, and it does not take up a lot of space. Theoretically, you can actually work out with a kettlebell anywhere, which makes it convenient for those who exercise out of the gym.
But, of course, all the kettlebell’s numerous amazing benefits are for nought, if you have no desire to exercise. A few benefits of staying fit include:
Improves your self-confidence.
Physical fitness has been proven to boost self-esteem and improve a person’s positive self-image. So not only do you look good, you feel good, too!
Sharpens your memory.
Physical exercise not only provides your body with a score of amazing benefits, but it is also a cost-effective and therapeutic way to elevate memory and brain performance. Indeed, the benefits of exercise are holistic.
Helps reduce stress.
Sweating it out helps manage stress- both mental and physical, so just do it. A good workout boosts the body’s ability to handle tension. It is a win-win situation really.
Builds a stronger immune system.
The better physical shape you are in, the stronger your immune system will be—it really is that simple. When someone physically fit becomes ill or injured, they will demonstrate more stamina and resiliency, so they enjoy faster recovery.
Boosts your happy chemicals.
Did you know that exercise releases endorphins, which help create feelings of happiness? Best of all, you do not have to be a gym rat as you can get your happy buzz from working out for just 30 minutes a few times a week. It can even be from the convenience of your home, considering that most people site the reason of their inability to work out, as not having the time to visit a gym.
Takes you outdoors.
Take your workout outside. Exercise can be nurturing for the soul, especially when done in the great outdoors. Just look for an outdoor workout that fits your lifestyle. You can bike, run, swim, or hike, or even just take your handy kettlebell outside. The fresh air and sunshine will work wonders for self-confidence and happiness.
The chemicals released during and after exercise will inevitably help you relax. You can start with some aerobic exercises and then add some high-intensity interval training with a heavier kettlebell to burn more calories.
Exercise helps increase the levels of a protein derived from the brain, known as BDNF, in the body. This protein is believed to help in decision making, higher thinking, and learning.
Taps into your creativity.
A heart-thumping gym session can boost creativity for up to two hours after the workout. Try exercising outdoors the next time you find yourself lacking creative thinking. This not only refreshes your body but also energizes brain at the same time.
Prevents cognitive decline from aging.
It is an unpleasant reality, but it is true—as we age, our brains get a bit hazy. Exercise and a healthy diet may not cure Alzheimer’s, but it can help prepare the mind against cognitive decline, which can begin as early as age 45.
Indeed, there is much to be enjoyed when you work out, and you can make it doubly convenient for you with a kettlebell or two. So start moving, or better yet, find a buddy and push each other to work hard. Your body and brain will thank you for it.
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