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The One Reason to Exercise

Updated on July 12, 2010

Do you avoid exercise because of a long day at work, a lack of willpower and motivation, or simply because it's a hassle? I'm sure many of you have better excuses, but laziness is the number one reason why most choose not to exercise. If you can admit it, honesty to yourself is very important in getting across the laziness hurdle.

Also, I'm sure most agree with the fact that exercise is beneficial and usually for more reasons than one.

Here are many beneficial reasons why we should exercise including:

  • Promotes a healthier lifestyle
  • Gaining Muscle Mass/Strengthening
  • Losing Weight/Fat
  • Stress relief
  • Improve Appearance
  • Improving Metabolism
  • Provide better protection from injuries
  • Builds better bone density
  • Reduce triglycerides and bad cholesterol (LDL)
  • Increases HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Increases efficiency of your heart
  • Reduces risk of hypertension and stroke
  • Increases size of arteries and veins supplying blood
  • Increases insulin sensitivity to control blood sugar, reducing chances of diabetes
  • Increases the oxygen carrying capabilities of hemoglobin in your blood

Even if you don't exercise, some of you obviously know these are all good reasons to exercise. However, why is it still so hard to get up and do something?

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So what is the one reason to exercise?

I'm sure some people may believe maintaining your health is the one reason to exercise, however, I think it lacks something to pull you off your chair and there just isn't enough about those words of wisdom to encourage activity. So, I believe the one reason to exercise, and I know some may disagree with me, is...!

  • to reduce health costs!

What does money have to do with exercise? Let's break it down. For some people, putting a price tag on something gives them motivation to get up and do something about it.

Most know one reason for the obesity epidemic in America is due to a lack of exercise. In fact, even if you're not obese, you could still have health problems from lack of exercise. However, if you are obese, chances are you will:

  • have higher insurance rates
  • more trips to the doctor = more co-pays
  • and no offense, but you probably spend way too much money on food

Listen, if you don't exercise and also work in a job where you're stressed out, sitting at the computer desk all day, or you just don't want to get off your butt - you will pay the price of living an unhealthy lifestyle in the long run that could cost you. For those who are not obese, having reasons to not exercise could cause:

  • high blood pressure and high triglyceride levels leaving you paying for multiple kinds of drugs and pills.
  • you are more prone to injuries because you have low bone density or not enough muscle to help support your joints and bones, costing you for trips to the physical therapist or chiropractor.

Another way to look at all this is to look at the long bulleted list at the beginning of this article about reasons why we should exercise, and to think of the opposite reason for each bullet. Does that sound good? No! It's going to happen if you don't exercise, and then it's going to cost you an arm and leg - maybe literally. Health costs are one reason why many people go bankrupt.

How many of you can go without health insurance? Could you go without health insurance? Why do you have the health insurance in the first place?

By asking yourself these questions, I'm not implying you should just give up your health insurance if you start exercising, because accidents do happen, but you may want to raise that deductible if you can stay consistent at the gym or wherever you go workout (this is personal finance 101). This lowers your cost for health insurance!

Okay, maybe you will have to spend some money for a gym membership, weight gloves, a new pair of running shoes for the treadmill, and an ipod to play music to help pump you up - but think of all these things as your own insurance cost. What insurance company will give you a gym membership or running shoes to reduce your health costs? None. You are your own insurance.

Actually, I'm actually surprised insurance companies don't give out things like gym memberships; it seems like it would be a good way to market the company, and bring in more business, and have more consistency with earnings as well. Maybe that could be my next business marketing idea... hmmm.

So, essentially the majority of the reasons why we should exercise will help you reduce health costs in the long run. Think about it. You'll have the ability to live longer to make more money. You'll live longer to spend that money. You're life doesn't have to evolve around money if you have it, but it gives you freedom to do things for yourself or with your family. And more importantly, you'll be able to spend more time with them. What more could you ask for?!

The one and only reason to exercise is to reduce health expenses! 

**I am not a doctor or medical professional. You should consult with your doctor before taking any fitness, dieting, or nutritional advice**


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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I exercise to keep my resting heart rate low. When I skip I notice a drop in my stamina.