Need some motivation to begin or continue working out? While some people are natural workout fanatics, exercise doesn’t come as easily to others. And to deliver the most benefits, exercise must be consistent, which also can be a challenge with our hyper-busy lifestyles.
Although most people know that exercise is good for them, they may not realize all the reasons why. Here are a few top reminders of why you should exercise – even if – or especially if – you don’t feel like it.
Top 10 Reasons to Exercise
- Prevent Disease – Regular exercise can help stave off heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and other health issues, such as Alzheimer’s. It’s a terrific preventative measure.
- Feel Better – Exercise helps combat fatigue and gives you more energy, making everyday tasks easier. Plus, you’ll feel better if you are fitter and healthier.
- Shape Up – Of course, consistent exercise can help you lose weight, tone muscles and develop a fit physique, which can give you a better body image and greater confidence. You gain stamina and strength, as well as flexibility.
- Improve Sleep – Exercisers generally find it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep, and therefore are better rested and able to take on life’s daily pressures.
- Boost Mental Health – Studies show that exercise is an effective way to combat depression and anxiety, and provide self-efficacy and a sense of accomplishment. Plus, it’s one of the greatest stress-busters around, with serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine flooding the body.
- Enjoy a Social Outlet – Certainly, you can exercise alone if you prefer. But exercise at a health club, in a class, in a running or walking group or with a sports team also presents great social opportunities, helping create a community.
- Get Smarter – Believe it or not, exercise raises brain chemicals that help make new brain cells so that we learn better. It can also help prevent memory loss.
- Avoid Sickness – Research has shown that exercise boosts your immune system, so that you’re less susceptible to common colds, flu, and infection.
- Take in Fresh Air – People know that being outside – excluding severe weather or temperature extremes – helps lift spirits, with fresh air, sunshine and immersed in the great outdoors. When possible, add in some exercise outside to refresh your body and mind.
- Live Longer – Healthier, fitter people tend to enjoy greater longevity.