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5 Benefits to Exercise

What comes to mind when you think of the benefits of exercising?

Most likely your answer is “getting skinny” or “bulking up” and that’s a fairly common response among people who exercise on a regular basis or who would like to exercise on a regular basis. However, what about all of the other benefits to regular exercise? Although there are many benefits to working out I believe the 5 biggest benefits to exercising are:

·         Burn Calories – I figured that I would start with the obvious choice. This is probably the most important benefit in the group because, simply put, the more calories that you burn, the healthier you will be. As I stated before, people often associate exercising with “getting skinny” or “bulking up but exercise is far more important than your physical appearance. Your physical appearance is secondary to important benefits such as strengthening your heart/lungs and reducing health risks.

·         Sleep Better – Sleeping better is one of the short term benefits of working out. Studies have shown that increased energy output has been linked to falling asleep on your own clock versus tossing and turning all night in bed. Studies also have shown that people who have late afternoon and evening workouts usually sleep better than the people who have early morning workouts.

·         Improve Mood – Exercising on a regular basis can have a domino effect. Regular exercise has been linked to feelings such as happiness and decreasing stress. However, it doesn’t stop there because if you start to experience these feelings often you’re going to want to keep it going with regular exercise, right? Further, you will look better from all of the results you obtained from a consistent workout regimen which will then increase your attitude and confidence.

·         Improve Your Attitude – This is a no brainer because people who don’t exercise on a regular basis usually have a hard time with motivation and lack confidence. Conversely, the more fit we are, the more confidence we have. Attitude & Confidence is extremely important when approaching different challenges in life. It takes confidence just to commit to exercising in the first place so if you can make that commitment, then you are already one step ahead of the competition.

·         Reduce Risks of Chronic Diseases – This is an important benefit that is often overlooked until it’s too late. Consistent exercise helps prevent diseases such as osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes (to name a few). Many times people will start exercising after their physician advises them to do so. However, why would you wait until you get one of these illnesses to start? Don’t wait – start today!

If you are already exercising on a regular basis, then that’s great because you are experiencing more benefits than you may already realize. However, if you are not exercising on a regular basis, then I hope that these 5 benefits convinced you to start exercising today – Have fun!

Source by Mike Z. Robinson

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