12 Reasons To Exercise

by tkogut on May 6, 2016

12 Reasons To Exercise

Exercise is vital to your health….like it or not. I know there are a lot of you who don’t like to exercise. If that’s you, I bet it’s one of three things:

  1. you don’t feel like you have the time
  2. it’s not fun for you
  3. you don’t have the energy

Well, I’m here to tell you that there’s a solution for all three. First and foremost, using “not enough time” is just an excuse. If you really want to take care of your health, it will find the time to include exercise and we ALWAYS find the time for things we want to do.

Secondly, if the only exercise you’ve tried is walking on the treadmill, then I’m with ya sista! That’s boooooring. You just haven’t found the right exercise program for you. I’ve been working out to Beachbody DVD programs for the past 15 years and I love them! I have 7 of their programs and they have many more I’d like to try. Out of everything they offer, there is certainly one suited perfectly for you and your style. Go here to check them out. (just a side note…in the video I mention PiYo. That is the program I’m currently doing and I LOVE it! There is a ton of core and legs/glutes workouts using nothing but your own body weight so be sure to check that one out)

Lastly, you may feel like you don’t have the energy but working out actually gives you energy! The BEST time to workout is in the morning before the day starts. If you wait until later in the day, you’ll be more apt to skip it or something comes up and you’ll be gone for the evening. Do it first and get it out of the way. Plus exercise in the morning sets the tone for the entire day. You tend to have more energy, clears out the cobwebs in your mind and you tend to be more mindful of what you eat throughout the day knowing how hard you worked out.

So let’s get to the 12 Reasons To Exercise:

  1. Exercise, especially weight training, will increase your production of HGH (human growth hormone). Higher levels of HGH in the body contributes to losing body fat, increases muscle mass, reduces the effects of aging on the skin, increases bond density, strengthens immune system, reverses cognitive decline, stimulates red blood cell production and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease according to “Human Biochemistry and Disease”.
  2. Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke by strengthening the heart muscle, raising you good cholesterol and lowering your bad cholesterol and improving blood flow.
  3. Research shows that physical activity reduces the incidence of high blood pressure by approximately 40%.
  4. Reduces your risk of becoming physically disabled as you age.
  5. Reduces back pain by strengthening muscles, increasing flexibility and improving posture.
  6. Decreases stress because your body produces feel-good endorphins with strenuous exercise and increases self-esteem by improving your self-image as you take initiative to take care of yourself.
  7. Exercise heightens immunity by increasing circulation and blood flow to ward off viruses and bacteria.
  8. Research shows women who exercise regularly can reduce their risk of breast cancer by 20-30%.
  9. Exercise increases your energy level by increasing your endurance.
  10. Sleep better! Consistent exercise can help you fall asleep faster and improve your quality of sleep.
  11. Exercise increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to mental clarity.
  12. Muscle burns more calories than fat so by increasing your muscle mass you’ll lose weight or be able to increase you calorie intake without gaining weight.

After reading this and watching the video you should be fired up to get in the habit of daily exercise! You’ll feel better, sleep better, be in a better mood. There’s nothing negative about it! Again, find what works for you.

Find a friend to workout with so you can keep each other accountable. Take a long brisk walk pushing the baby stroller. Take a hilly bike ride. Be creative and find what you like.

Again, for those rainy days when you need to exercise at home, check out the wide selection of Beachbody programs here.

Blessings,

Teresa

 

 

Information was gathered from the following websites:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389

http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/obesity/physical-activity-fact-sheet

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/sclark41.htm

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