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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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- Mayo Clinic Staff. (July 23, 2011) "7 Benefits of Regular Physical Activity." Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
- NIH Staff. (July 23, 2012) “Am I at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?” National Institutes of Health. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
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