Many people start an exercise program to lose weight.
There is nothing wrong with this reason, as exercise will help you maintain a healthier weight.
However, many people do not realize that there are many reasons why you should exercise, some of which may be much more important than achieving a weight loss goal.
Below are 4 reasons we think will convince you to start a new exercise program or encourage you to continue the program you are doing!
Reason # 1: Exercise makes you feel good!
We know some of you exercise haters make be shaking your head at this one, but it is true. Exercise helps to release endorphins, the feel good hormones. These wonderful hormones help reduce stress and depressive symptoms, boost self esteem and even improve your sleep (1).
Reason # 2: Exercise helps you maintain focus.
Are you a busy body with lots on your plate? Regular exercise will help make that to-do list disappear faster.
Exercise helps to increase your energy levels and as we mentioned in the first reason, get better sleep, so you will be rested and energized to take on what ever your day has in store (2).
Exercise also increases your physical endurance, helping you get more done in one day! Can you imagine getting your whole week's list of to-dos done by Thursday?? That means a three-day weekend for you - CONGRATS!
Reason # 3: Exercise slows down aging.
This may be one of the most important reasons for our readers. Exercise can slow the rate of physical decline. Many studies of Master's athletes demonstrate that we can maintain our muscle mass and even improve our strength well into our 90's (3).
Now, we do not expect everyone to be competing as athletes all of their lives, but staying physically fit allows you to continue to do the things you love for the rest of your life.
Like to hike? Like to dance? Want to play with grand-kids at the playground? Exercise will help you do just that!
Reason # 4: Exercise helps maintain your HEALTH
This should be the reason everyone exercises. What are you without your health? Exercise helps to reduce one's risk of many of the leading causes of death; heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity (4). If you have chronic pain or arthritis, proper exercise can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.
You do not have to be an exercise maniac either - just 30 minutes three times a week could help you feel better, move better and have more energy.
So what is important to you?
Your health? Aging well? Staying focused and getting your to-do list done quickly?
If you answered yes to any of these questions - exercise can help.
Find an exercise that you enjoy, so you can maintain it and reap the benefits for the rest of your life!
Not sure what to do for exercise? Reach out to us and maybe we would be the right fit, it doesn't hurt to try!
3. Zampieri, S (2015) Lifelong Physical Exercise Delays Age-Associated Skeletal Muscle Decline. The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences. 70 (2)