Reasons to Get in Shape #1
Regular exercise has been proven to reduce “bad” cholesterol levels (LDL) and increase “good” cholesterol (HDL).
Exercise can help you sleep better. People who exercise tend to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer.
Improves Self Esteem
Regardless of your body appearance, regular fitness helps improve your self-esteem.
Reduced Blood Pressure
Exercise not only reduces high blood pressure, it helps prevent it.
Decreases Back Pain
By increasing muscle strength, endurance, and improving flexibility and posture, regular exercise helps to prevent back pain. Studies show that exercise is an effective treatment for recurrent low back pain.
Reduces Risk of Injury
If you have a strong, fit body, the chances of injury significantly decrease.
Prevents Certain Cancers
Some studies show that exercising regularly can help decrease colon cancer risk by 40% and may help reduce the risk of breast cancer as well.
Increases Metabolic Rate
Exercise not only will increase the total number of calories that you burn, but also can increase your resting metabolic rate, so you burn more calories while at rest.
The latest research indicates exercise can keep the brain sharp into old age and might help prevent Alzheimer’s disease along with other mental disorders that accompany aging.
While appearance certainly isn’t everything, getting in better shape can help you look a lot better, and improve your confidence. From the appearance of your skin, to your overall body shape, just about every physical attribute can improve when you’re in shape.
Reasons to Get in Shape #2
Increases Range of Motion
An increase in flexibility can decreases stiffness in joints, and can decrease pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
Increases Functional Strength
From getting out of a chair, to lifting an object off the ground, our bodies are able to perform daily activities better.
Increases Insulin Sensitivity
Not only does getting in shape help increase insulin sensitivity (ability of muscles to uptake glucose), but helps prevent type 2 diabetes.
Improves Sex Drive
Exercise increases circulation, which helps prevent erectile dysfunction and impotence. Exercise can increase sex hormones like testosterone.
Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
Regular exercise strengthens the heart and improves contractile function.
Exercise is Fun and Enjoyable
Yep, it’s really true. There are so many ways to “move” that there is bound to be one you enjoy. Try making exercise more competitive, or social if you need extra motivation. The hard part of course is getting started.
Exercise Prolongs Life
People who exercise regularly tend to live longer.
Improves Balance and Coordination
Exercise is a great mood elevator to help you manage stress and reduce anxiety. The antidepressant effect of regular physical exercise is comparable to the potent antidepressants like Sertraline.
Reduces Anxiety and Depression
Exercise can improve your stability and also what is called your “kinesthetic awareness”. You have a better feel of where you are spatially, so you don’t knock into things at the grocery store by mistake!
Gastrointestinal Tract Benefits
Exercise is beneficial for persons suffering from cholelithiasis and constipation. Physical activity may reduce the risk of diverticulosis, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Reasons to Get in Shape #3
While some research shows exercise increases appetite while others shows exercises suppresses appetite, one thing is for sure: regular exercise helps control weight.
Improves Fat Utilization
Improves your body’s ability to use fat for energy during physical activity. Our bodies use glycogen and fat as stored energy to help sustain us.
Strengthens Immune System 20
Just about any doctor will tell you no pill or nutritional supplement has the power of near daily moderate activity in lowering the number of sick days people take.
Strengthens Your Bones 21
Lifting weights helps prevent osteoporosis, which is so important because a shocking 1 out of 2 women will be diagnosed with osteoporosis.
Improves Focus 22
Exercise helps improve your brain’s ability to concentrate, remember, visualize, plan ahead, and solve problems because a fitter body will supply a more rich amount of oxygen to your brain.
Reduces Aches & Pains
Improves your body’s ability to sit still and be comfortable for long periods of time. Keeping your muscles toned and strong and your joints flexible will prevent aches and pains from distracting you and keeping you from concentrating. If you have an office job, exercise is a necessity!
Lose the Hidden Fat
But just like the fat that leads to belly rolls and love handles, internal fat — called visceral fat — also can be prevented and eradicated with regular exercise.
Improves Energy Levels 24
Research suggests regular exercise can increase energy levels, even among people suffering from chronic medical conditions associated with fatigue, like cancer and heart disease. One study in 2006 showed the average effect of regular exercise was greater than the improvement from using stimulant medications, such as those that treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Forget the cup of coffee, or energy drink, and go for a brisk walk, or workout!
Because you can commit a couple hours out of your 168 hour week to get all these benefits!