There are umpteen reasons why exercise should be a major part of your lifestyle.
But, if you’re like most people, you have 101 other reasons why it never seems to happen!
If this is you, stop right there–note down at least 5 reasons why you think exercise is beneficial to you personally.
Without a doubt most of us know that exercise is crucial, but will you actually put that knowledge to use and hit the gym today?
If you’re sitting on the fence on this one, here are 7 exercise benefits to convince you….
1. Exercise improves your mind
Scientific studies have shown regular exercise helps keep the brain alert and focused, and it’s also thought to improve the memory.
2. Exercise keeps your heart strong
Exercise, coupled with a healthy diet, is really important in for maintaining a healthy blood pressure and cholesterol level.
In turn this greatly reduces your chance of having a heart attack.
3. Exercise keeps your bones strong
Regular exercise maintains bone strength by slowing bone loss, and improving muscle strength.
For postmenopausal women it is also helpful in slowing the rate of bone loss. And in fact, if you already have osteoporosis, exercise will improve strength, balance, and posture to prevent falls.
Find out more about exercise and osteoporosis.
4. Exercise may help prevent cancer
A recent study has shown that men who exercised, for at least 30 minutes per day (moderate to high intensity), halved their risk of dying prematurely from cancer–mainly gastrointestinal and lung cancer.
One of the researchers, Dr Kurl pointed out, “We found a 50% reduction in the risk of dying prematurely from cancer.” They add, physical inactivity over a person’s lifespan may be a “key factor in the initiation of cancer development.”
5. Exercise increases stamina and strength
When you exercise regularly, your muscles develop and naturally your strength begins to increase.
To improve your stamina and strength, add distance running, strength training, and interval training to your weekly exercise routine.
6. Exercise improves your mood
Research suggests taking at least 30 minutes of exercise, three to five days per week, may significantly improve depression symptoms.
It’s thought that exercise raises the level of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters in the brain, and may also boost those feel-good endorphins, release muscle tension, help you sleep better, and reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
All of these benefits can improve symptoms of depression.
And, the good news is even if you can’t face a full-on workout, smaller amounts of activity are also beneficial in the short term.
7. Exercise burns calories
Working out at a pace which gets your heart beating encourages your body to burn unwanted calories.
Exercise also revs up your metabolism, and builds muscles, so you’ll be burning calories even when you sleep.
There are so many benefits to be gained from exercise. So, no more excuses, Just Do It!
What are the main exercise benefits for you? And how do you overcome apathy to exercise?
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