If you are one of the many people who know they need to exercise but “just can’t fit it into your day” for a multitude of reasons (excuses), you should consider all the positive benefits and outcomes that being a fit and healthy person offers. Many people just need a WHY and some motivation. If you need a WHY to train, here are several to help support the fitness lifestyle change:
Look Better Naked – Face it. Most people who train do it purely for aesthetic reasons. Whether it is a sleeveless shirt, a fitted suit, a short skirt, or swimsuit, people want to look good when more skin shows. Both men and women are into body building – ripped abs, bigger biceps, strong legs and tone butt. This is one of the great benefits of training whether it is a primary why or a secondary why. It works for many. But there are many more benefits besides looks…
Weight Reduction – So many of America’s ailments come from being over weight / obese. From insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, to diabetes and heart health, these can all be reduced if not completely reversed by starting an exercise plan. You do not have to join a gym or spend long periods of time on a treadmill. Just get up and start moving more and eating less. Obviously, eating healthful foods in a must but eating smaller portions altogether is something many Americans need to practice. Walk more. Bike more. Take a yoga course. Do something – you cannot afford not to.
Controlling blood pressure – Exercise has many proven positive effects and the number one muscle to receive these benefits is the heart. By exercising, your heart becomes more efficient in its job, working less throughout the day and night and reducing the pressure within the arteries as blood pumps freely through the body. Also, cholesterol levels are improved with both exercise and eating better which also aids in how blood flows through the body reducing the risk of heart attack and strokes.
Stress Relief – Exercise allows for the active person to reduce stress levels by helping to metabolize stress hormones. Though your body can also become physically stressed as well during exercise if too rigorous, the goal of reducing stress needs to come from steady movement and deep breathing. Cardio activity like running, biking, rowing, or swimming allows the body to take in more oxygen and through this activity engages the parasympathetic nervous system helping the body to relax. Any activity (like yoga / meditation) where you can focus on deep inhales and exhales will help fight the chronic effects of stress which will include ailments such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and heart attack. Mental health is also positively affected by this type of exercise as well.
Cancer prevention – Stress, inflammation, and poor eating and living habits can cause cancer. Though exercise alone cannot necessarily prevent cancers, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), physical activity can reduce the risk of various types of the disease. As with stress relief above, diet and physical activity can also reduce inflammation in the body that interferes with other systems of the body from joints to organ function. Though cancer is indiscriminate with its victims, as we age the chances of cancer also increases – so do all you can to put yourself in a better statistical grouping.
Immune system – Lack of physical activity can affect the immune system making it more difficult to fight off common illness as well as major disease as listed above. Physical fitness will boost your immune system – along with proper sleep and nutrition. See how it all fits together? It is that important and we as humans cannot neglect physical activity for SO many reasons.
The Laundry List of WHYs
So, in a nutshell, there are many excellent benefits of physical activity. Start making better choices of the habits you have and pick one (or more) if you need a WHY:
Weight Loss and Athletic Performance
Healthy Heart and Lungs
Self Esteem / Self Confidence
Reduces stress, anxiety, depression
Better Mood / Mindset
Better Energy Levels for Life
Increases mental alertness / work productivity
Strengthens bones and muscles
Reduce the risk of many of the more horrible diseases and ways to die. (diabetes, stroke, other)
Reduces the risk of cancer
Shoot for 30-60 minutes a day of activity several times a week (at least 5 days a week)
There are many more WHYS for the importance of physical training in one’s life. Find one for you and start the journey to go from sedentary to active. Be basic. Just walk 30 minutes a day and drink more water for the first month. After that, consider upping your game and add a variety of exercises, skills, activities, and nutritional changes that make you feel better, look better, and live longer.
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