I say this is a reminder because you already know everything on this list. It’s nothing new. You’ve heard it all before. You probably started your exercise routine after learning about one of the effects listed below. You know it, agree with it, committed to doing it and shared it with others.
Then life happened. And you became distracted by the onslaught of mundane occurrences and responsibilities that become the masters of your fate and captain of your ship.
So this post is just a brief reminder of why you should be exercising on a regular basis. Because the things that distract us from what we “know” we should be doing to improve and maintain our health and fitness are always sending up reminders to draw us back into their sphere of influence.
1. Exercise balances your mood.
Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than you were before you worked out. Regular physical activity can even help prevent depression.
2. Movement is Medicine
A regular exercise routine can help you prevent or manage high blood pressure and boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol while decreasing triglycerides. The combined effect helps to keep blood flowing smoothly by lowering the buildup of plaques in your arteries.
3. From couch potato to sweet potato fry.
Drop those excess pounds by getting involved in walking, biking or other physical activities. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. Incorporate you exercise into activities of daily living. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk during your lunch break. Do jumping jacks during commercials.
4. Exercise boost your energy level.
Physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps the circulation of blood. Helping your heart to work more efficiently. The net effect, you’ll have more energy to do the …………. whatever!
5. Exercise promotes better sleep.
Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise close to bedtime. This can have the reverse effect.
6. Exercise can put the spark back into your sex life.
Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women and reduce the probability of erectile dysfunction in men, especially as they get older.
7. Exercise is fun!
Get physical! Exercise can be an enjoyable experience for the entire family. Hit the club with your mate or a group of friends. Instead of sitting at a table flossing with bottles of Cristal, get out on the dance floor and shake what you mama gave you. Dancing is one of the best exercises. Lose yourself in the rhythm and you will be surprised how the time will disappear.
Take the family on a hike. Push your kids on the swings or climb with them on the jungle gym. What happened to kickball and touch football. Stop complaining that kids nowadays spend too much time on video games and introduce them to some of the physical activity you enjoyed as a child.
Let’s get physical people.