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Six Reasons to Exercise Regularly (that don’t involve losing weight!)

Exercise. This word has a tendency to bring a great amount of anxiety to a lot of people. Unfortunately, we live in a society where exercise is often viewed as a “chore” in order to lose weight or achieve an unrealistic body type. If either of these reasons are your motivation, there is a good chance your workout regimen might not stick. It’s easy to feel pressure to fit in with the latest fitness trends or try the newest boutique studio, but this should not be what exercise is about.

 

As a wellness advocate, I want people to rediscover the joy in exercise. You don’t have to run 10 miles a day or take 3 hot yoga classes to feel “fit.” Studies show that just 30 minutes of physical activity (this can be a brisk walk!) five times a week is all you need. There is such a wide range of benefits from exercise that go far beyond the physical – let’s examine them below:

  1. Natural High:
    1. When you engage in exercise, your body releases endorphins. These powerful neurotransmitters cause a morphine like effect, providing a full body “feel good” sensation. An instant mood booster, endorphins can provide a positive effect on your day.
  2. Better Sleep:
    1. Exercising regularly helps your body tune in to it’s natural circadian rhythm and experience a better nights’ sleep. In turn, a restful sleep can improve memory, fight inflammation, boost immunity and increase productivity throughout the day.
  3. Improve Depression & Anxiety:
    1. Anxiety disorders affect nearly 40 million adults in the US. Studies show just a 10 minute walk every day may provide relief of symptoms of anxiety and improve depressive moods. Dedicating only a small part of your day to get up and get moving can help improve your mental health.
  4. Increase Bone Strength:
    1. As we age, we experience a natural loss in bone mineral. Through regular exercise, this process can be delayed. Maintaining strong, healthy bones is important to delay aging and prevent osteoporosis.
  5. Confidence Booster:
    1. Similar to the effects of endorphins, working out can help you feel more confident in your skin. Through personal growth and accomplishing new fitness goals, exercise is an empowering way to practice self-love.
  6. Let’s Get Social:
    1. Believe it or not – working out can be FUN! Yup, it’s true. If you find an exercise you truly enjoy and people to exercise with – it feels less like a chore and more like a social activity. Bring a friend to your next yoga class or go on a long walk with a loved one. Spend time outside with your dog. Exercising doesn’t have to be torture.

If these reasons don’t convince you to get moving – maybe some of these workouts will!

 

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