10 Good Reasons to Exercise

Until you have a reason to exercise, you probably won’t stick to a workout plan. Here are ten good reasons to get moving and stay active.

What motivates you to exercise?
What motivates you to exercise? | Source

What is Your Motivation?

Are you ready to shed those extra pounds, boost your energy, and look great? Do you want to lift your mood, bolster your immune system, and sleep better, too?

Health and fitness experts around the world have one word for you: exercise.

While their reasons differ, many people live a sedentary lifestyle. Some say they are too tired to exercise. Others claim they are too busy and do not have the time.

A gym intimidates some people, especially those who were never into fitness. Others do not own a single pair of workout shoes.

Despite the widespread aversion to exercise, the truth is that humans were created for movement. When you neglect to move your body, you increase your risk of obesity, illness, depression, sleep problems, and more.

Regular exercise prevents many of these problems. Unfortunately, until you have a reason to exercise, you probably will not stick to a workout plan. You need a motivating factor to get moving and stay active. Here are ten good reasons to exercise. What is your motivation?

Manage your weight with exercise.
Manage your weight with exercise. | Source

1. Manage Your Weight

Exercise helps you lose weight; that is a given. But it also helps you maintain your weight after the pounds come off.

If you want a leaner, healthier body, make exercise a regular part of your life. A mobile calorie counter can help you track your progress as you burn the fat.

2. Give Yourself a Boost

Are you always tired and sapped of energy? Just one workout session can energize you and boost your mood for hours.

Regular exercise fights fatigue and depression. Many psychotherapists recommend it as part of standard treatment. If you want to feel better physically and mentally, make exercise part of your lifestyle.

3. Feel and Look Better

Exercise helps you feel and look better. It is the key to healthy skin and a toned body. It firms your muscles, improves your posture, and gives your skin a healthy glow.

If you have adult acne, rosacea, psoriasis, or another skin condition, remember to protect your skin before you exercise. Always use sunscreen during your outdoor workouts.

Exercise fuels health and fights disease.
Exercise fuels health and fights disease. | Source

4. Fight Illness and Disease

Exercise fuels your health and fights disease. It also lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), exercise and healthy eating can cut your risk of Type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent. Take care of yourself and make exercise part of your daily life.

5. Stay Healthy

Do you take too many sick days from work? As well as disease prevention, exercise keeps you healthy.

It is key to reducing colds and upper respiratory infections. Active people are less likely to call in sick than their sedentary counterparts.

Take care of your back with exercise.
Take care of your back with exercise. | Source

6. Strengthen Your Back

Back pain is a common reason for missed work days and visits to the doctor. Traditionally, doctors advised their patients to get bed rest and avoid physical activity.

Today, they encourage movement for most back pain cases. Your doctor or physical therapist can recommend exercises to strengthen your back muscles and ease the pain.

7. Ease Joint Pain

Do you suffer from osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), fibromyalgia, or related conditions?

The right exercises can strengthen the muscles around your joints and lessen the pain. Ask your doctor about the best exercises for joint pain.

8. Sleep Better

Do you have trouble sleeping at night? While your pillow choice may be the problem, exercise can help. It is a paradox: exercise boosts energy, but it also improves sleep. Regular workouts give you energy during the day and restful sleep at night.

9. Slow the Aging Process

You cannot stop the aging process, but exercise can help you fight its effects. Regular exercise strengthens your muscles, improves circulation, and minimizes bone loss.

It also guards against age related diseases and disorders. Studies suggest that exercise may prevent dementia or reduce memory problems.

10. Set a Good Example

You help your children when you set a good example. Regular exercise shows them that you care about yourself. When you are active, they are more likely to be active, too. Exercise can help ensure that you are around longer for your kids.

When you exercise with the family, you set a good example for your children.
When you exercise with the family, you set a good example for your children. | Source

Your Turn

What motivates you to exercise? Leave a comment and join the discussion. If you like this article, please share it with your social networks.

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Medical Disclaimer

The information presented in this article is not intended as medical advice, nor is it a substitute for diagnosis or treatment by a qualified medical professional.

© 2013 Annette R. Smith

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DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

You're right! People won't exercise unless they have a reason that means something to them. I'm into the "exercise to slow ageing" reason!


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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Author

Hello, DreamerMeg. So glad you stopped by! Weight loss is my current motivation for exercise, but the other reasons are good ones, too. Here's to a happy, healthy new year!


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georgescifo 3 years ago from India

Overall excercise also helps you to stay in a positive frame of mind throughout the day. Thanks for sharing this useful hub.


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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Author

You're welcome, georgescifo. And you're right about the positive frame of mind. I always feel so much better, physically and mentally, after a long walk or exercise session.


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rfmoran 3 years ago from Long Island, New York

Great hub with succinct reasons for us to do what we know we should do. An inspiration. I'm thinking of writing the shortest hub ever - "One good reason NOT to exercise." It will be a blank page. Well done Anette.


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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Author

Hello, Russ. Your comment has already made my day! Thanks so much for your kind remarks. I'm glad you enjoyed the article.


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Learning in Life 3 years ago from SW Florida

How do you put those line in?


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

You've just reinforced everyone's need to exercise and for so many good reasons. Thanks Annette.

Voted up and useful.


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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Author

Hello, Megan. Thank you for taking a look at my hub. To make the dividers, I simply upload horizontal line/bar graphics into image capsules and place them between text capsules. I hope you like them!


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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Author

It's good to hear from you, Mary. I hope these reinforcements help others as much as they have helped me! Thank you for the encouragement and votes.


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Learning in Life 3 years ago from SW Florida

I love them!


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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Author

Thanks, Megan!


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FigureCompetition 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

Your hub is interesting and presented really well - I agree with all those reasons for exercising - voted up


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Suzie ONeill 3 years ago from Lost in La La Land

You make some great arguments! For me, one of my biggest motivations to exercise is my black lab puppy, Loki. Labs have a LOT of energy so if I don't walk her at least once a day and take the time to play games with her then she's like a little whirl-wind running around my house. LOL The exercise is good for both of us-- it uses up some of her pent-up energy and it helps keep us both healthy!


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adrienneleigh 3 years ago

Very informative hub. I'm trying to make exercise a bigger priority in my life right now, and this is very encouraging. I think the main reasons people choose not to exercise are that they don't realize the vast scope of benefits or just how easy it can be to add more movement into the things they already do.


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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Author

Hello, FigureCompetition. Thank you for your comment. I appreciate the vote up!


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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Author

Hi, Suzie. Loki sounds like a real bundle of energy! My dog Goldie, a golden retriever-chow mix, loved being outdoors. Our long walks kept us healthy, too. Pets are a great motivation for exercise. Thanks for the reminder!


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

Hi,

This is very good information for everyone. I have started my walking everyday now per my doctor---and living in the country it is a beautiful walk but one has to be careful to watch for snakes.

I will be back to read other health hubs as I have enjoyed this one.

Bobbi Purvis


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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Author

Welcome to HubPages, Adrienne! You made a great point with your comment. Exercise has so many health benefits, and it's very easy to incorporate more movement into our daily activities. Thanks so much for the visit, and happy hubbing!


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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Author

Bobbi, I'm so glad you stopped by! Walking is also one of my favorite activities. I love to see the deer, rabbits and birds on the hiking trail near my home. But I have to watch out for the snakes, too! I appreciate your comment and look forward to your hubs.


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