1. Weight Loss and Management: Regular exercise along with diet modification is the single most effective way to lose and maintain weight. If enough calories are not expended through exercise, over a period of time one will gain weight. Exercise helps to burn calories and is the healthy way to reduce weight.
2. Lower Rate of Disease: People who follow a healthy lifestyle including a regular exercise program have a lower rate of getting diseases than people who lead a sedentary lifestyle. Weight gain and an inactive lifestyle over a period of time can lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, certain cancers and other health problems.
Just beginning an exercise program which includes strength training and cardiovascular exercise 3 to 5 times a week can lower the rate of these diseases.
3. Improves Conditions such as Arthritis, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease: Exercise has an “insulin-like” effect in the body and may reduce the need for diabetes medication. Exercise also helps to maintain body weight which is an important factor for those living with diabetes. Studies have shown that regular physical activity may play a role in managing blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Exercise also is beneficial to those living with arthritis as it can improve flexibility of their joints and muscle tone.
4. Stress: Our lives are full of stress; whether it’s getting married, having a child, or looking for a new job! One way to relieve that stress is to move around and sweat! Whether it’s biking, hiking, running or dancing, exercise is one of the best ways of providing relief for stress.
5. Elevate Mood/Beat the blues: Most of us have at some time in our lives felt moody and low. Exercise is one of the best ways to combat depression. Exercise induced endorphins increase energy, lifts your spirits and just makes you feel good.
6. Improves Muscle Tone, Strength and Stamina: Those who do not participate in a strength training workout at least twice a week will lose up to half a pound of muscle mass every year after the age of 25. This means that over the years, simple tasks such as picking up keys off the floor, carrying groceries and climbing up the stairs will be performed with more difficulty as muscles become weaker. Those not performing cardiovascular type exercises will have decreased stamina over time and will easily get out-of-breath when moving around.
7. Lowers Risk of Osteoporosis: Women are more likely than men to develop osteoporosis. Besides taking adequate dietary calcium, performing weight bearing exercises is the single most effective way to prevent getting osteoporosis. A weight training program over time will not only reduce your chances of developing osteoporosis but will also improve bone density.
8. Better Sleep: Now who doesn’t want that? Exercise induces fatigue and promotes the quality of sleep. Those who exercise regularly also have less trouble falling asleep and suffer less from insomnia.
9. Improves Immune System: Research shows that long-term, moderate amounts of exercise boosts immunity and significantly increases natural killer cell activity, the immune system’s first line of defense against viral infections. Those who exercise regularly and on a long-term basis report getting fewer colds and illnesses than their sedentary peers.
10. Improves Overall Quality of Life: With reduced chances of suffering disease, better sleep, improved immune system, increased energy and self-esteem, better muscle tone, increase in strength and stamina, less stress, controlled weight and increased longevity…is there anything else better than exercise to improve the quality of your life?