-There are so many exercise benefits; it's truly amazing that more people aren't exercising, and realizing them.
Yet, surveys continually confirm that many people do not even participate in any form of fitness exercise program at all! (Over 39% don't)
Experts estimate that the lack of a regular fitness exercise program contributes to some 300,000 deaths each year in the United States alone: from diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other diseases.
28% higher than those who have a regular fitness exercise program.
-Sounds like a pretty good reason to start one, don't you think?
By starting a fitness exercise program for weight loss and fitness, the quality of your life will improve in so many ways.
-And you don't have to run marathons or start spending 4 hours every day at the gym either. (see our benefit list)
Studies clearly show the benefits of fitness, even at moderate intensity levels. Where it was once believed that only a more strenuous level of exercise benefits the body, it is now known not to be the case.
-Consistency is the secret, small amounts of exercise benefits you in many ways, as long as you keep it up on a regular basis.
Add healthy eating to your commitment to exercise, then you're really in business. And you don't have to eat alfalfa sprouts and kidney beans 24/7 either. Just eat sensibly and watch the portion size.
-Once you get in shape, it's not as hard as you might think to stay that way. You just have to be aware at all times, and not let yourself get away with all the little rationalizations that allow you to eat whatever you want, in any quantity you want. (Again, portion control)
The benefits of exercise and regular physical activity, can be seen over a very short period of time, and with many positive health effects.
# 1- Starting a fitness exercise program can immediately jump-start your sex life. The exercise benefits the libido by adding increased energy and blood circulation. ( Our # 1 running health benefit )
It's a fact; Men who get regular exercise are much less likely to have erectile dysfunction (ED) issues.
-See this Harvard Medical School Article: 5 Natural Ways to Overcome ED
#2 -Vigorous exercise benefits cardiovascular endurance (heart and blood vessels), and strengthens your heart, making it more efficient, and making everything you do, easier.
#3 -Aerobic exercise benefits the lungs, slowing any decline in cardio respiratory health, (heart and lungs) which is associated with aging, helping to improve lung capacity and allowing better breathing.
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-And as a result, it can cut the risk of heart disease nearly in half.
#4 -Regular exercise will help keep most risk factors for disease at bay, such as high blood pressure, and obesity.
#5 -Because it helps to fight obesity, the exercise benefits you by lowering the risk of many cancers, especially uterine, colon and breast cancers.
#6 -Exercise helps maintain your BMI at a low level by lowering body fat and increasing muscle mass. The better shape your body's in, the more fat your body will burn just "idling".
#7 -Exercise benefits cholesterol levels by raising HDL levels (good cholesterol), lowering LDL (bad cholesterol), and by lowering fat levels (triglycerides) in the blood, which has been linked to atherosclerosis, heart disease and stroke.
#8 -Maintaining cholesterol levels lowers the buildup of plaques in the arteries, also further reducing the risks for these diseases as well as many others, including Alzheimers.
#9 -The more physically fit you are, the more efficiently your body processes insulin, helping to control, and possibly prevent the onset of type two diabetes, certainly a very important exercise benefit.
#10 -Another benefit to a fitness exercise program is an increase in flexibility, stronger muscles and stronger bones.
#11 -As we age, flexibility becomes much more important (or the lack of it) and is the cause of many orthopedic injuries. (Orthopedic injuries most commonly affect the neck, shoulder, spine, hip, limbs etc.)
-More people visit their doctor for these injuries to; ligaments, joints, muscles, nerves, tendons and bones …than for any other reason.
#12 -Stronger bones mean less bone loss, as we grow older, with a lower risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures as a result.
#13 + #14 -The benefits of fitness and exercise help to increase your energy levels, and allow you to sleep more soundly.
#15 -Everyone knows how exercise can help fight the battle of the bulge; exercise programs for weight loss are a common motivation for exercising.
See chart for calories burned in 15 minutes
#16 -Regular exercise benefits your whole mental outlook on life, reducing stress levels and relieving anxiety. A brisk walk or workout can leave you feeling more relaxed and happier.
Quite simply, exercise puts you in a good mood.
# 17 -Everything about you, actually looks better , skin tone, wrinkles; exercise benefits all these things and much more!
#18 -It can dramatically reduce depression and improve self-confidence, and the better you feel about yourself, the more productive you'll be at the job, or on the links.
-These are only some of the many benefits of physical fitness.
We think there's more than enough reasons listed here to get everyone off the couch to start some form of fitness exercise program.
-Start out small, there's no time like the present to get started!
A Few Parting Thoughts ...
-Schedule workout time if you can, but if you fit in little "mini workouts" throughout your day it can make life a lot easier, and it tends to "snowball" after a time and you may find you feel better and ...you actually enjoy it!
-Plan hiking trips with the family, kickball games, frisbee toss at the park Remember, exercise can and preferably should be, a lot of fun.
-If you pick something you truly enjoy, you'll do it longer and more often.
-Take dancing classes, a scuba course, tennis, you don't have to be great at it, just have some fun, and bring some friends!
-So, park a little further away next time you shop, do some crunches while you're watching TV, or go for a brisk 20-30 minute walk after supper.
The Importance of physical fitness just cannot be overstated.
-You'll look and feel all the better for it .... and live longer too!
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