How are you?! Are you having a PRODUCTIVE week so far? If not, there's still plenty of time to get some exercising in this week :D
We have heard time and time again the benefits of exercise, but nevertheless many Americans still don't do it. Fewer then 40% of Americans exercise enough to experience significant health benefits.
Research overwhelmingly shows that regular exercise lowers the risk for many diseases, enhances the functioning of virtually every physiological system in the human body, and improves psychological well-being.
Some people simply don't exercise because they don't feel comfortable. Just because something makes you uncomfortable, doesn't mean that you should automatically avoid it. If you think exercise makes you uncomfortable, think how much worse it would be to suffer from an illness.
Today I'm posting 101 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD EXERCISE :D Instead of focusing on why you don't exercise...lets focus on important reasons why you should break out a sweat...bring FIT on!!!
Helps you to more effectively manage stress.
Helps you to lose weight, especially fat weight.
Improves the functioning of your immune system.
Reduces medical and healthcare expenses.
Reduces your risk of getting heart disease.
Increases your level of muscle strength.
Improves athletic performance.
Can help relieve the pain of tension headaches, perhaps the most common type of headache.
Allows you to consume greater quantities of food and still maintain caloric balance.
Helps you sleep easier and better.
Reduces the risk of developing hypertension (high blood pressure).
Increases the density and breaking strength of bones.
Improves your physical appearance.
Increases circulating levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.
Assists in efforts to stop smoking.
Helps you to relax.
Can help improve short-term memory in older individuals.
Helps to maintain weight loss, unlike just dieting.
Helps relieve many of the common discomforts of pregnancy.
Reduces your anxiety level.
Helps control blood pressure in people with hypertension.
Protects against "creeping obesity" (the slow but steady weight gain that occurs as you age).
Reduces your vulnerability to various cardiac dysrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms).
Improves the likelihood of your survival from a myocardial infarction (heart attack).
Helps to overcome jet lag.
Slows the rate of joint degeneration in people with osteoarthritis.
Lowers your resting heart rate.
Helps to boost creativity.
Reduces your circulating levels of triglycerides.
Helps you resist upper respiratory tract infections.
Increases your anaerobic threshold, allowing you to work or exercise longer at a higher level, before a significant amount of lactic acid builds up.
Helps to preserve lean body tissue.
Improves your ability to recover from physical exertion.
Helps speed recovery from chemotherapy treatments.
Increases ability to supply blood to the skin for cooling.
Increases the thickness of the cartilage in your joints.
Gives you more energy to meet the demands of daily life and provides you with a reserve to meet the demands of unexpected emergencies.
Increases your level of muscle endurance.
Helps prevent intestinal ulcers.
Increases the density and breaking strength of ligaments and tendons.
Increases your maximal oxygen uptake.
Helps you to maintain your resting metabolic rate.
Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer.
Increases your tissues' responsiveness to the actions of insulin, which helps to better control blood sugar, particularly if you are a type 2 diabetic.
Helps to relieve constipation.
Expands blood plasma volume.
Reduces your risk of developing prostate cancer.
Helps to combat substance abuse.
Helps to alleviate depression.
Increases your ability to adapt to cold environments.
Helps you maintain proper muscle balance.
Reduces the rate and severity of medical complications associated with hypertension.
Helps to alleviate certain menstrual symptoms.
Lowers your heart rate response to submaximal physical exertion.
Enhances sexual desire.
Helps to alleviate low-back pain.
Helps to reduce the amount of insulin required to control blood sugar levels in type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetics.
Improves mental alertness.
Improves respiratory muscle strength and muscle endurance, particularly important for asthmatics.
Reduces your risk of having a stroke.
Helps you to burn excess calories.
Increases your cardiac reserve.
Improves coronary (heart) circulation.
Offsets some of the negative side effects of certain antihypertensive drugs.
Increases your stroke volume.
Improves your self-esteem.
Reduces your susceptibility of coronary thrombosis (a clot in an artery that supplies the heart with blood).
Reduces your risk of developing type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes.
Reduces the risk of developing breast cancer.
Improves mental cognition (a short-term effect only).
Maintains or improves joint flexibility.
Improves your glucose tolerance.
Reduces workdays missed due to illness.
Reduces the viscosity of your blood.
Enhances your muscles' ability to extract oxygen from your blood.
Increases your productivity at work.
Reduces your likelihood of developing low-back problems.
Improves your balance and coordination.
Improves your body's ability to use fat for energy during physical activity.
Provides protection against injury.
Decreases (by 20 to 30%) the need for antihypertensive medication, if you're a hypertensive.
Improves your decision-making abilities.
Helps reduce and prevent the immediate symptoms of menopause and decrease the long-term risks of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and obesity.
Helps to relieve and prevent "migraine headache attacks."
Reduces the risk of endometriosis.
Helps to retard bone loss as you age, thereby reducing your risk of developing osteoporosis.
Helps decrease your appetite (a short-term effect only).
Improves your pain tolerance and mood if you suffer from osteoarthritis.
Helps prevent and relieve the stresses that cause carpal tunnel syndrome.
Makes your heart a more efficient pump.
Helps to decrease left ventricular hypertrophy in people with hypertension.
May be protective against against the development of Alzheimer's disease.
Improves your mood.
Helps to increase your overall health awareness.
Reduces the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.
Helps you to maintain an independent lifestyle.
Reduces the level of abdominal obesity, a significant health-risk factor.
Increases the diffusion capacity of the lungs, enhancing the exchange of oxygen from your lungs to your blood.
Improves heat tolerance.
Improves your overall quality of life :)
In some instances, it's simply not possible to do a regular workout BUT that doesn't mean you shouldn't exercise at all :) Exercising doesn't have to be grueling either, IT CAN BE ENJOYABLE :D
Are you feeling motivated?! WOOO WHOOO!!
Put on some workout clothes, pump up the music, AND start exercising!
Have a FITastic day!
SEE YOU on Friday :D
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Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist