For some people exercise will be a whole new element to their life. For others it may have been a big part that got lost in the chaos of adulthood. No matter where you sit on the fitness ladder, some sort of movement and exercise works in tandem with your healthy meal plan.

Exercise has so many benefits. Obviously a big goal for most of us is to feel comfortable in our own skin. Making exercise a part of your routine, along with healthy eating, is a great way to achieve this.

Regular exercise is vital for so many reasons.

Firstly, your activity level will directly impact your calorie calculation for the day. The more you move, the more calories you burn. It literally acts as a deficit for your days calorie intake.

Secondly, exercise changes our mood. We release feel good hormones when we’re active. We can increase the production and release of serotonin, endorphins and dopamine.

On a really simple level, focusing on physical movements helps to reduce stress and take our mind off other things. It will also help you to feel more energetic as well as improving sleep patterns.

A happy, peaceful mind should be as much of a goal, as a reflection you’re happy to see in the mirror.