Need a little extra motivation? Read this:
1. Exercise boosts brain power. That’s right folks, working out CAN make you smarter! According to CPT David Atkinson, “Exercise increases energy levels and increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity,"
2. Movement decreases stress. Exercise can produce a relaxation response that serves as a positive distraction. And you’re not the only one who benefits from reduced stress! Your family, friends and co-worker relationships can improve when you’re less stressed (and irritable!)
3. Exercise gives you energy. You’ve heard it before, and it’s true! Don’t use the excuse “I’m too tired to exercise.” Exercise will improve your strength and stamina making every day activities so much easier so you’ll have more energy for the day!
4. Finding the time to exercise is easier than you think. Everyone has an extra 20 minutes sometime during the day. You can do fun activities with your family such as riding bikes or walking to the park. Also try scheduling it in during your workday as an appointment. And throughout the day you can accumulate quite a bit by just doing 10 minutes here and there. It really works!
5. Exercise can help ward off illness. According to research, exercise
can slow down or help prevent several diseases including heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, high cholesterol and blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. It can also help prevent loss of muscle mass. It can also aid in easing the aging process. Exercise strengthens muscles and joints, therefore reducing some aches and pains and problems in older adults. It may even boost immune function.
6. Your heart will become stronger. With exercise, your cardiovascular system and heart will work more efficiently. A stronger heart pumps more blood per beat so the resting heart rate decreases. In only a few days of exercising, it actually becomes easier. There will be less fatigue, and pain or soreness.
7. You can eat more! But not the bad stuff. Did you know, pound for pound, muscle burns more calories at rest than body fat? The more muscle you have the more calories you will burn. And the muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate – so you’ll need more food to keep your body fueled.
8. Exercise boosts performance. In just a few short weeks, your clothes will start to fit differently, and you may begin to see muscle tone. Exercise lets your muscles work more efficiently and you’ll get a greater sense of endurance. Also, reaction time and balance will improve.
And exercise is not just for weight loss. When it becomes part of your weekly routine, everyday activities become easier, you feel better, you’re healthier and happier!