Exercise: The Top 10 Reasons To Do It

Summer seems to be flying by me.  Maybe it’s the time I’ve spent out of town, maybe it’s a busy work schedule, or maybe it’s just a fulfilled life, but days are turning into weeks with the blink of an eye.  Or it could just be that for the past 2 weeks I have been going through intense CrossFit training.  (Allow this website to explain it to you if you haven’t heard of it).  Needless to say it is the most intense and frightening workout regimen I have ever gone through.  But for every ounce of me that absolutely hates it, there is a significant part of me that finds it amazing and keeps me going back for more.  But don’t tell my husband that.  I like to let him think I’m only going through this with him because I’m a wonderfully supportive wife.

Truth is, you can eat carrots and kale until you’re blue in the face, but if you never work out then what’s the point.  No diet will give you 100% health, 100% of the time.  More than what you eat is how you live. The lifestyle you lead.  I know, I know… you already know exercise is good for you.  But did you know that more than 60% of Americans don’t exercise at all.  That’s right, more than half of all Americans are sedentary.  I thought about this today as I was heading to the CrossFit gym for my last official day of training, and by training I mean getting my rear end kicked all over the place and then handed to me.  I came up with all the reasons we should push ourselves to exercise, even when it’s the last thing we want to do.  And I’m not saying you need to run a marathon, join a gym, or partake in a crazy workout boot camp, just get out and get moving.

Top 10 Reasons To Exercise:

  1. Improved digestion:  Exercising increases blood flow to your digestive tract and stimulates intestinal action.
  2. Better mind: Research suggests exercise boosts brain cell survival due to increased blood circulation, oxygen and glucose to the brain resulting in improved memory, concentration and cognitive abilities.
  3. Strengthened immune system: Moderate workouts temporarily rev-up the immune system by increasing the aggressiveness or capacity of our immune cells.
  4. Slow down the aging process: Workouts such as brisk walking or cycling boost the amount of oxygen consumed during exercise. Improving your aerobic capacity by just 15 to 25 percent would be like shaving 10 to 20 years off your age.
  5. Prevent heart attacks: Exercise raises “good” HDL cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, and reduces arterial inflammation.
  6. Control blood sugar: Exercise helps maintain a healthy blood-sugar level by increasing the cells’ sensitivity to insulin and by controlling weight. Regular brisk walking can significantly cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Balanced blood sugar levels also reduce cravings and improve mood.
  7. Protect against cancer: Exercise may reduce the risk of colon-cancer by speeding waste through the gut and lowering the insulin level. It may also protect against breast and prostate cancer by regulating hormone levels.
  8. Prolong life: Studies have consistently shown that being active cuts the risk of premature death by about 50 percent for men and women.
  9. In combination with eating right, regular exercise can help you reach a healthy weight in a sustainable manner, without resorting to fad diets, cleanses or pills.
  10. And all that other wonderful stuff like looking good, feeling good, sleeping better, reduced stress, increased metabolism, quality of life and self-confidence.  Oh, and regular exercise increases sex drive.  Enough said.

DK

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