Top 10 Reasons To Exercise

Posted by on Mar 21, 2012 in Fitness | 0 comments

Top 10 Reasons To Exercise

My Top 10 Reasons to Exercise

Helps you loose weight

I know we have all heard this one before, but exercise really does help us loose weight.  Even if you don’t loose that many pounds you will more then likely go down a couple of sizes.  When we workout regularly with a balanced routine of cardio activity and strength building we build muscle mass. This helps us burn fat.  Since muscle weighs more then fat you may not see the results on the scale but you most certainly feel them.

Relieves Stress

Regular exercise helps lower the level of stress hormones in the body.  This is why we often feel a release of stress after a workout.  Exercise is a mind, body, & in some cases, spiritual activity.  Cultivating all 3 of these practices helps reduce the amount of stress and anxiety we have in our lives.

Boosts Your Mood

Not only does exercise help reduce stress, but it also improves your mood.  The “adrenal rush” one often gets when they workout is from the body’s release of endorphins.  Not too mention how good you feel from looking better in your body.

Keeps You Young

Workouts such as brisk walking or cycling boost your oxygen level.  Improving your aerobic capacity by about 15-25 percent can be the equivalent of shaving 10-20 years off your life.  Studies show that being active cuts the risk of premature death by about 50% for both men and women.

Reduces Infection

Even moderate workouts temporarily rev-up the immune system by increasing the capacity of immune cells.  If you catch a lot of colds try increasing how often you exercise.

Prevents Heart Attacks

Exercise has been shown to raise “good” HDL cholesterol and lower blood pressure.  New research is also proving that it helps reduce arterial inflammation.  This is another major risk factor in heart attacks and strokes.

Controls Blood Sugar

Exercise helps maintain a healthy blood-sugar level by increasing the cells’ sensitivity to insulin and controlling weight.  This is especially important for people who are overweight or at risk for Type 2 diabetes.

Protects Against Cancer

Exercise may reduce colon-cancer by speeding waste through the gut and lowering insulin levels.  It may also protect against breast and prostate cancer by regulating hormones.

It’s Fun

When you find exercise that you love to do it becomes fun.  If you can have fun and cultivate all of this for your body then it’s really a win-win.

Boosts your confidence (my favorite reason)

When you exercise your body feels tighter, more fit, and grounded.  This makes you feel good and increases your confidence level.  Not too mention all the compliments you will be getting about how good you look.

If all of those reasons aren’t enough just think of summer and and how good you will feel in a bathing suit.

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