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Why Bother to Exercise?

By Edited Jul 31, 2015 4 5

Active people live more productive lives, have a more positive outlook, are able to make a significant contribution to society, and are nice people to be around. They know the secret to good health and well-being, and attract people to themselves.

To achieve that lifestyle, the addition of one habit will enhance your life, and that is a regular exercise program. The benefits of exercise will far outweigh the time, the effort and the fatigue you have put into the process. The following rewards will occur once you make that important decision.

1) Exercise helps to control your weight

Weight control can be managed if you add physical activity to your day. Whether you are seeking to lose weight or just to maintain your present weight, you need to burn more calories than you take in at meals. A sedentary life adds pounds which are difficult to lose since food you take in turns to fat because it has no other choice.

        

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2) Exercise encourages positive thoughts.

Chemicals in the brain are stimulated through physical activity, allowing you to feel more upbeat and relaxed. You will notice that your self-esteem and confidence are improving. Memory and judgment are also enhanced. Anger issues have been known to disappear.

3) Exercise wards off disease and poor health.

Regular physical activity will reduce your risk for heart disease because it causes a boost in your high-density lipoprotein (HDL), otherwise known as good cholesterol, while decreasing your unhealthy triglycerides. Keeping your blood flowing efficiently also decreases your susceptibility to other diseases, such as cancer, arthritis, and type 2 diabetes.

                 

Bicycling for Exercise
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4) Exercise gives you an energy boost.

If you exercise regularly, your muscle strength and endurance will soar. Oxygen and nutrients gain access to your tissues, strengthening your heart and lungs, and facilitating your ability to do physical chores. Contrary to popular belief, exercise doesn't make you tired; it actually creates energy in your body. Your body rises up to meet the challenge for more energy by becoming stronger. Moderate exercise, such as a 15-minute walk, has the primary effect of increased energy. However, very intense exercise like working out at the gym has the effect of at least temporarily reducing energy, because you come away tired.                                                

5) Exercise insures better sleep.

If you are inactive at work, sitting for most of your day, and then spend your evenings watching TV, you may find it difficult to get to sleep or to stay asleep during the night. Physical activity during the day will tire you mentally and physically, allowing you to rest well at night. It has been found that active people have fewer sleep problems, fall asleep sooner, and need less sleep each night to function fully the following day.

                            

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                                                              Sleep better after Exercising

How often should you exercise?

Cardiovascular exercise benefits your heart and can be done 3 to 5 times a week for sessions ranging from 20 to 60 minutes. Brisk walking, swimming, aerobics, skating or bicycling can help you burn more calories and aid in your weight loss.

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Comments

Nov 6, 2014 6:16am
LeighGoessl
Great points. I've experienced a lot of this myself with mood, energy levels, etc. The days I don't get my morning walk, I feel like a slug the rest of the day, and worse if I miss a few days (unless I'm doing something that is very active on the weekend). But when I keep it up, it is almost like an addiction for me.
Nov 6, 2014 10:19am
kellapat
I know that exercise is the secret, but I find it hard to fit it in, especially because I am at my computer for several hours writing articles for IB!
Dec 15, 2014 7:02am
SiTek
I find it gives me time to think as well. My morning run allows me to plan in my head everything to get done that day, and by the time I'm back inside, I then write it all down as a plan.

People often say they don't have enough time do exercise, but that is just another excuse, find the time if you really want to exercise! It will only make the work you do during the day better.
Dec 15, 2014 6:11pm
asereht1970
I know that exercise is good for the body. But I find it hard to wake up early to do some exercising.
Dec 30, 2014 12:51pm
cncarson
I can personally attest to the fact that when you exercise regularly, your sleeping pattern will improve. This is especially true when you get in the habit of working out around the same time each day. I notice that when I'm not working out, I don't sleep well, but when I'm getting in at least 30 -45 min a day, I sleep like a baby!
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