07 Nov 20 Great Reasons to Exercise that Have Nothing to Do with the Way You Look
Sometimes it’s easy to want to exercise…. other times, not so much. It’s easy to want to skip the gym when that little devil on your shoulder starts justifying a million ‘better things to do.’ If you struggle to get your sweat on, here are 20 great reasons to exercise that have nothing to do with the way you look. They can help you shut the devil down, get your exercise on, and get on with your life.
20 Great Reasons to Exercise That Have Nothing to do with the Way you Look
In no particular order:
1) Exercise Prolongs Your Life
People who are physically active live longer and reduce risk of premature death. How do you want to spend the end of your life… Enjoying your golden years or fighting for more?
2) Exercise Improves Mental Capacity
Physical activity improves cognitive performance, information processing and may delay cognitive impairment and dementia. According to researchers at the University of Illinois children who are physically active on a regular basis have better attention and working memory skills than kids who are inactive. Elderly adults who engage in regular physical activity are better able to make decisions, have a better memory, and solve problems.
3) Exercise Can Help Prevent Cancer
Evidence exists that regular physical activity may lower the risk of developing several forms of common cancers, including, breast and colon. As little as 20 minutes a day, can help reduce cancer risk factors.
4) Exercise Reduces Stress
Exercise triggers the release of chemicals in the brain called endorphins. Once released into your blood stream, endorphins give you a feeling of happiness and a sense of overall well-being. I regret that workout… said no one ever.
5) Exercise Encourages Brain Function
Exercise stimulates the formation of new brain cells and strengthens the connections between them helping you feel focused, clear and empowered. Upper class success stories are often times people that workout on a regular basis.
6) Exercise Can Prevent Heart Attacks
Heart attacks happen when passages in the heart get blocked with “bad” LDL Cholesterol. Unfortunately exercise does not burn cholesterol the same way it does fat. But, there’s good news! Exercise increases the production of several enzymes in the muscles and liver that converts bad LDL cholesterol into a more favorable form, such as HDL-cholesterol. HDL cholesterol is “good” for you. It floats through the bloodstream removing bad LDL cholesterol from places it doesn’t belong, reducing build up and clearing a path for blood to flow.
7) Exercise Helps with Depression
Studies have proven that exercise reduces symptoms of depression and improves mental health. 10 to 15 minutes sessions of exercise have also been shown to improve mood in the short term. Research suggests that 30 minutes of exercise a day, three to five days a week can significantly improve depression symptoms and feelings of hopelessness and sadness.
8) Exercise Lowers Blood Pressure
Stimulating blood flow by increasing your heart rate helps your ticket pump blood better. All forms of exercise seem to be effective in reducing blood pressure. Exercise can decrease blood pressure in overweight and obese individuals even before they experience any weight loss. l
9) Exercise Makes You Feel Confident Naked
Both anaerobic (weight training) and aerobic exercise improve body composition and reduce body fat. Regular physical activity helps to reach and maintain the physique and set weight you feel most comfortable at so you feel sassy in your skin.
10) Exercise Maximizes Your Metabolism
Anaerobic exercise, or strength training, increases muscle strength and mass. Lean muscle mass speeds the rate of energy use, resulting in increased metabolism. An accelerated metabolism burns more calories. Increase calorie burn decreases body fat.
11) Exercise Can Improve Your Sex Life
Men who exercise regularly are less likely to have erectile dysfunction and impotence than are men who don’t exercise. Exercise causes improvements in muscle strength, tone, and endurance. Plus, when you feel confident and sexy in your own skin… well, it’s easier to be naked around your partner.
12) Exercise Makes Your Bones Stronger
Consistence weight training improves bone strength and promotes bone formation. Anaerobic (weight training) exercises also delays bone loss and which can protect you from developing osteoporosis. Reason #289 why women shouldn’t be afraid of weight training.
13) Exercise Improves Quality of Sleep
Daily exercise can improve your quality of sleep, cause you to fall asleep quicker for longer and feel rested in the morning. Would you rather fade fast because your body needs the rest or toss and turn until you drift off?
14) Exercise Helps with Back Pain
Regular exercise can reduce or eliminate back pain completely. You have to work your front to help your back. Increasing core strength with abs exercises helps improve posture, support the spinal and prevent back pain. Working your back muscles helps improve range of motion. Plus, dropping some lbs. helps reduce the pressure on your bones and joints.
15) Exercise Helps Women through Menopause
Exercise is an excellent alternative to hormone replacement therapy for postmenopausal women. High-intensity exercise can significantly reduces loss of bone and muscle mass, weight gain, and help with depression that can occur as you transition into menopause.
16) Exercise Improves Immunity
Studies show that regular moderate exercise can help delay the decline in immune function that happens naturally with age. When you have a lower body fat percentage your body is better able to fight germs because your system isn’t being bogged down fighting the side effects of excess fat.
17) Exercise Gives you Potty Power
Exercise is beneficial for people who suffer from constipation. Feeling backed up isn’t a fun feeling. If you have problems dropping a deuce daily physical activity can help get things moving again. When your pipes get clear out belly bulge and bloating reduce. Plus, the scale will drop a few pounds as your body passing pounds from excessive waste weight. #winning
18) Exercise Prevents Type 2 Diabetes
There is strong evidence from randomized controlled studies that moderate physical activity combined with a balanced diet can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by people who are already at risk by 50-60%. If diabetes is swimming in your gene pool, get moving now.
19) Exercise Helps Leverage your Love of Food
Love to Eat? Me too! When the opportunity to indulge presents itself you can, guilt free when you earn it first. When you take in more calories than your body needs it’ll be stored as fat. Exercise allows you to maintain balance by burning extra calories needed to offset the intake from enjoying your cookies, cocktails, or chips.
20) Exercise is Me Time
Exercise gives you a chance to put the phone away, forget about your family, finances, and work and have some quality time me-time to recharge and revive yourself. Whether you take a walk, a run, bike ride or weight train – working out is the best way to show yourself some love. Plus you always end your workout feeling better than you did before you started.
It works, if you work it!
Which reason connected with you the most? I’d love to hear what you think!
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