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Why Should You Exercise?

There are so many benefits to starting an exercise program. It is not just a way to help you lose weight, but a way to help keep your body, mind and soul in balance. It is never too late to start a fitness routine and to start enjoying the many benefits of being physically active. Here are just a few of the benefits that should motivate you to get up and get active.

 

  1. Exercise can boost your brain power. There have been many studies on the effect exercising has on brain power, and there seems to be mounting evidence that suggests what is good for our hearts may also be good for our minds. The increased blood flow and oxygen seem to have a positive effect on our concentration and reasoning skills. One study also found that older people who participated in physical activity at least three times a week were less likely to develop Alzheimer's.
  2. Exercise can lower your stress level. There are many reasons for this. First it lowers the levels of adrenaline and cortisol, the body's stress hormones. Then it causes your body to produce more endorphins, the body's feel-good chemicals. Also as you begin to lose weight, your self-image will improve. You will be proud of yourself for reaching your goals and sticking with your fitness routine.
  3. Exercise can give you more energy. It can be surprising how adding more physical activity into your life can make you more energized, but it is true. The endorphins that ease your stress can give you a feel good feeling that keeps you motivated throughout the day. You are also improving your strength and stamina with every workout you do making everyday chores seem less stressful on your body.
  4. Exercise can boost your immune system. Research has shown that exercise can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and even cancer. Exercising causes your body to produce antibodies, which can destroy harmful bacteria and viruses. Once they are produced they stay within your body until they are needed to fight off any infections. It seems as if there are not any major health problems that exercise can not effect positively.

 

There are so many reasons to exercise, but it seems as if we focus on losing weight as the main goal in our fitness routines. Maybe it is time to look past this reason and say we want to exercise to be healthy and to help maintain a balance in our hectic lives. We should all start to look past the outside and worry about what is on the inside.

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