Those that know me well also know that I exercise regularly.
However, let's face it, some days I just don't feel like exercising at all. I get too busy, too stressed and quite simply too tired.
So I did a bit research and came up with a list of reasons why it's a very good idea to get regular exercise. This helps to help remind me of why I should stick with it - despite how I'm feeling.
So feel free to keep this list and read it when you're having one of those days.
- To Prevent Disease
Exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of just about every single health problem known to man, from stroke to heart disease to cancer and osteoporosis. Exercise is also a great defence against type 2 diabetes, which is one of the most widely growing diseases of our time.
- To Look Great
Exercise firms your body, improves posture and even makes your skin glow. Looking your best is a wonderful result of regular exercise.
- To Lose Weight and Keep It Off
Exercise can burn fat and prevents future fat storage. If you want to have a leaner, healthier body, regular exercise is part of the answer.
- To Have More Energy
Anyone who exercises regularly will tell you that they are more energetic, less easily irritated and are more peaceful.
- To Sleep Better
Exercise boosts energy levels, but also wears you out. It makes you feel more vibrant during the day and sleep better at night.
- To Age Slower
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to fight ageing. When you age your body loses muscle and bone, while the loss of both are drastically reduced with regular exercise. Exercise also helps reduce inflammation.
- To Relieve Back Pain
In many cases, the best thing that you can do for back pain is to move and strengthen those muscles. Consult your doctor or physio therapist for guidance.
- To Ease Depression
Exercise has been proven to reduce depression – sometimes as effectively as medication. Just chalk this up as yet another amazing benefit to exercise. When you exercise your body releases 'happy hormones' such as serotonin.
- To Reduce Aches and Pains
By strengthening muscles around your damaged joints you're able to use exercise to reduce joint pain and overall aches. Always consult your doctor before starting an exercise program, especially if you have chronic joint pain.
- To Stay Mentally Sharp
Exercise has been shown to improve memory and other cognitive functions, and seems to have a protective effect against dementia. A Harvard University researcher called exercise "Miracle-Gro for the brain."
- To Enjoy Your Lifestyle
Whatever it is that you love in life – your kids, travel, sports, fashion - it is all more enjoyable when experienced in a fit and healthy body. Exercise so that you are able to enjoy all the great things in life.
- To Reduce Sick Days
People who exercise regularly are 50% less likely to call in sick to work. A regular exercise program reduces colds and upper respiratory infections.
- To Boost Confidence
Being fit, feeling healthy and having energy are all building blocks to having great confidence. There is no better confidence booster than sticking with a regular exercise program.
Regular exercise gives you so many amazing benefits, as you've seen from the above list.
You don't need to join a gym, even something as simple as brisk walking for 15 minutes a day during a lunch break can help to begin with (especially if you're not used to regular exercise).
So, come on, put aside the lame excuses and get moving.