Top 7 Reasons to Exercise!

Posted: January 14, 2012 in Health, My Workouts

Of course we all want to look better. We want to shed those unwanted pounds, trim up our hips, drop the “baby-weight”… All are great reasons to get started and get our butts moving, but beyond the superficial, exercise affects the body in so many positive ways. Over time, regular exercise has been known to increase the body’s defenses against major illnesses and diseases.

Fishing through all of the pluses (and really, there are hundreds!), I came up with a Top 7 list of reasons to get you up off the couch and into the gym! Here they are in no particular order….

No. 1: Exercise controls weight – duh 😉

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores. And the more you workout, the more calories you burn doing day-to-day activities.

No. 2: Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls. Are you up off the couch yet???

No. 3: Exercise improves mood

Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of time to enjoy in that glass of wine after you sweat it out some 🙂

No. 4: Exercise boosts energy

Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.

No. 5: Exercise promotes better sleep

Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep. Been there, done that….

No. 6: Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life 😉

Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. But there’s more to it than that. Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise. Okay, if you aren’t looking for a dumbbell now, I don’t know what I have to say to get you up!

No. 7: Exercise can be fun – really, I am not lying!

Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new.

These tips just brush on all of the benefits that exercise has to offer you. When beginning a program it is important to pick something that looks fun and interesting to you. If you don’t like dancing, Zumba probably isn’t for you. If you have bad knees, you may want to avoid running. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. And always remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any health concerns.

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Comments
  1. SAMANTHA says:

    Exercise is the “drug” that everyone should be on right! So many great outcomes of exercise..couldn’t have said it better myself! Check out my blog on natural health and wellness http://manfonhealth.wordpress.com/

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