As we come into this new year, many of us will be making resolutions, starting that new diet or fitness program, making every effort at changes to make us look and feel like a teenager. (By the way, the teenager thing will never happen, but at least you won’t be using a walker and drooling out the corner of your mouth). We wondered what it is that makes us think we should engage in such things as eating endless bowls of cabbage soup and doing copious amounts of squat thrusts.
So we compiled a list of 5 Reasons Why You Should Take Time To Exercise – you can say them to yourself as you jog down that frozen street or haul out your resistance bands. May they keep you motivated!
1. Health Benefits – Exercise is a proven way to reduce blood pressure, increase range of motion, and fight metabolic syndrome.
Even a toddler can get healthier with good exercise. If you walk so much as a mile a day your body will be happy you did! Take time to walk!
2. Weight loss benefits – Exercise means burning calories, and burning calories kick starts weight loss.
Even if we didn’t give you 5 reasons why you should take time to exercise, this one thing, weight loss, should be enough to keep you on that rowing machine!
3. Sleep benefits – Exercise will help you sleep better at night.
Regular exercise will help you sleep faster and more deeply – there’s a lot to be said for a good, old-fashioned, refreshing REM cycle!
4. Energy benefits – Regular exercise improves your endurance and stamina.
Persons who play sports know that conditioning brings about energy and strength – otherwise, there would be no point to such grueling things as two-a-days during football season. So if you are feeling sluggish, grab your resistance bands or lace up your shoes and get moving!
5. Fun benefits – Exercise is fun!
Exercise can be a great social time. Of our 5 reasons why you should take time to exercise, this is, perhaps, the one thing that will keep you going back to the gym, lacing up your running shoes, or even working out at home. Exercise can be a social event – think about all the people who walk or jog together, they are having conversation as they go – talking to other humans is fun! What about things like team sports and swimming? Exercise is almost just a side benefit of going to the beach or the pool. Water exercise is very beneficial and FUN!
So as you are contemplating the extra 10 pounds you just saw on the scales, remember our 5 reasons why you should take time to exercise – because we all need a reason, right? Now get out there and have fun getting healthy, losing weight, and finding the energy you so desperately need!