6 Reasons Why You Need To Exercise Now!

It’s a new year and it’s time for everyone and their mother to claim they are going to get into shape. New year, new body, yea yea yea. Everybody knows the importance of exercise. Ever since we were in elementary, our schoolteachers have already introduced us to the many benefits that exercise can offer to our body.

 

Despite knowing how exercise is good for us, most of us still don’t make the effort to include it in our daily activities, some because of time constraint, others because of pure laziness. I’m leaning a bit more towards laziness for the excuse! Despite our many excuses to weasel our way out of exercising, it still can’t be argued that working out offers many great benefits to our body.

 

According to Dr. Edward Laworksi from Mayo Clinic, the average exercise needed everyday is about 20 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, and 10 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity. Regular exercise can greatly boost overall health.So what are the benefits of exercise to our body?

 

Physical Benefits

 

The many physical benefits that exercise provides cannot be denied. It keeps away from lifestyle diseases, avoids obesity, and also improves our resistance.

 

  1. Wards Off Lifestyle Diseases

 

The most common lifestyle diseases that many people are affected with are heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. These diseases can be life changing for those who experience it. Exercise can effectively protect our body from these diseases because it promotes adequate blood circulation that provides life-giving oxygen to various parts of our body.

 

The heart’s pumping action is improved, fat is burned, and cholesterol levels are lowered. All this decreases the possibility of blood clots that can lodge in small arteries that are the common cause of heart attacks and strokes. Osteoporosis is also prevented because of weight bearing activity that strengthens bone structure.

 

  1. Decreases the Risk of Obesity

 

Being obese can predispose our body to many harmful diseases. It also affects the way we feel about ourselves. This condition is not only harmful to our health, but it is also stress inducing and can greatly lower self-esteem. Exercise can help burn fat and increase metabolic activity, thus preventing the onset of obesity.

 

  1. Improves Resistance

 

Regular and consistent exercise is believed to be linked towards improving the function of the immune system. Because of working out, immune cells are better able to circulate the body, and are also more active, thus having a greater chance to kill various bacteria and viruses. Having regular exercise can effectively protect the body against the regular cough, colds, and flu, and also from serious diseases that attack the immune system.


 

Psychological Benefits

 

Aside from the obvious rewards that working out can offer to our physical body, exercise can also greatly benefit our psychological wellness. There are many ways in which working out can bring about greater mental health.


 

  1. Improves Mood

 

Aerobic exercise prompts our body to produce chemicals called endorphins. These are oftentimes called as happy hormones. These are believed to have four key effects on the body

 

  • Relives pain
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Reduces stress
  • Postpones the aging process

 

It is also said to release other chemicals such as adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine which all work together to make you feel good. Aside from providing a happy feeling, exercise allows more control on your emotions.

 

  1. Fights Stress And Anxiety

 

Everybody is faced with different kinds of stress throughout our daily lives. At times, the stress can become like a heavy burden that interrupts our productivity. Positive thinking and ample rest can both help fight against stress.

 

Those who exercise actually go to sleep faster, and feel more refreshed upon waking up, while having sharper memories. Exercise promotes blood flow to the brain, providing added oxygen that can help in concentration. Endorphins are also released for a happier feeling, thus fighting off the capability of stress to get to you.

 

  1. Improves Self Esteem

 

When we exercise, everything seems to feel a lot better. Toning the body and burning excess fat can help boost confidence. Clothes can fit better, friends begin to notice a more positive aura, and more compliments seem to come our way.

 

Working out can also give us a break from worrying too much, and from stressing about the activities that lie ahead. All this is enough to boost our self esteem and make us more confident. Exercise has always been something that is continuously being encouraged and promoted.

 

Regular work out sessions especially when started at a young age, can effectively protect our bodies from contracting debilitating lifestyle diseases that may not only affect our activities of daily living, but can also impair the way we live our lives.

 

Instead of suffering from a incurable disease, spending thousands of dollars in medication, and restricting ourselves from certain food and activity, the smarter choice would be to start a healthy lifestyle at a younger age. Work out now, and reap the rewards later.

 

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  1. Former Banker says:

    I'm so glad I caught myself just as I was starting to gain weight! That was a little over 3 years ago. Since then I've managed to stay in shape even though I have "bad" tastes: I like beer, fried food, and chocolate!

    Working out has allowed me to enjoy those weaknesses without blowing up! I say that's not a bad deal :-D
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  2. Marie at FamilyMoney says:

    Thanks for the pep talk (at least that is what it was for me).

  3. I do a daily workout with bodyweight exercises, but I'm lacking in aerobics. I'm working on rehab to get back to playing soccer. Target: start of Q2.

    • I take it you have some form of leg injury preventing you from cycling or running. Is that why you said you're missing aerobics?

      I played soccer for all of 5 minutes. I was lighting fast but I have no ball control what so ever so I kinda sucked at it. What position do you play in soccer?

  4. I love working for all of the above reasons. But mostly I love it because of the way it makes me feel: energetic and less stressed. Sometimes it is difficult to force myself to go to the gym after work but every time I do it, it feels… rewarding.

  5. I really need to get on this. I'm not overweight, but I am weak and stiff. And stressed out.

    I think some people don't exercise because they don't like themselves. I probably used to feel this way, but since I no longer do, it's time to do it.

    • It sounds like it's time to work out. Just do it! It's best to workout when your energy levels are high so choose the best time for you and just start.

  6. Good points. I agree the hard part is starting. I feel great after working out. Its the BEFORE part that I have a problem with…

    • To get myself pumped up I generally tell myself to just do it for 5 minutes. I end up working out for hours.

      Do you have any other motivational tips for working out?

  7. Yes sir, I remember there was a point in my life where I didn't exercise for about 6 months, and I always felt like crap. Just gotta force yourself to go and get into the habit of working out.

  8. I am going to read this again tomorrow morning to motivate myself to get on the treadmill!

    • Good. I hope it helps!

      Do you know any other benefits of exercise that I might have missed?

      • At this point, the treadmill is just staring at me and sending me "get off your butt" vibes. Got to get one more child off to school and then I'll start moving.

        • You have a high tech treadmill if you're getting vibes :-). One way I get motivated is to get in my full workout gear. Once you get dressed you should be ready to go

          • It sits right across from my desk so it just stares at me. Now…that would be a good business idea…put a camera on it so that it watches me. If I am sitting too long, it sends me a message like "Get up lazy!" or "Do you really want that chip?"

            I'm proud to report that I did get off my tush and walked/ran on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I do feel good. Maybe I will put a sign on it to motivate myself tomorrow!

  9. I worked exercise into my commute in an effort to stay healthy and save money. I have to get to work somehow, so by biking when the weather allows, I essentially kill two birds with one stone. Plus, I don't have to deal with horrific traffic!!

  10. All good points, nicely written. I've got the exercize part down, it's the food intake that I need to modify to bring the equation back into balance.

    • 90% of health/fitness is what you eat. I'm curious what is your current diet? My diet is weird and boring but it works big time. I wrote a guest post for budgeting in the fun stuff on it.

      My diet consists of chicken breasts, mix vegetables and protein/meal replacement shakes

  11. Totally agree. I feel so much better when I exercise and the benefits go way beyond weight loss. I've gotten some of my best ideas when I'm exercising because my mind is relaxed and I'm able to focus. If I don't exercise my body actually starts to hurt from feeling stiff and just overall BLAH!

    Great reminder. This list is a good reminder all year long, not just in January!!

    • When you like how you look that confidence creeps into other areas. Exercise fixes the physical and improve the mental.

      Do you have any tips for getting motivated to exercise?

  12. I definitely agree that exercising improves my mood and helps me fight off stress. I notice that I'm not feeling as good on days I don't exercise, and I even get a little cranky. Exercise gives me more energy, too!

    • Jeff I'm the same exact way. I sleep better, feel better and perform better in all areas. If I don't exercise it's similar to when I don't eat. My temper and attention is very short.

  13. #7–It's fun!

    And, since we're all into personal finance, all of those reasons add up to money in your pocket. Better health=more energy=more production=more money

    =less times sick=no dr. visits=no co-pays or prescriptions or procedures

  14. Great post

  15. Thanks for the reminders! Exercise is also free, you don't need to invest in a gym membership. Walk, jog, ride a bike, or go for a hike with your family, you'll be glad you did!

    • What's better than Free? I think the big problem is people just don't start. Once you get on the treadmill you will probably work out. I make it a habit of convincing my self to just start for 5 minutes and it works out really well at motivating me to finish

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