Do You Need More Incentive to Exercise? 7 Reasons You Need to Start Today

by:Vu Nguyen January 12, 2017

Exercises is more than just weight management. It’s 2017 – it should no longer be a surprise when you hear that exercise is beneficial to your overall health.  However, this is a very broad statement – what does this really mean? Many of us associate health with the size of our respective waistlines. Well, it’s important to know that exercise does so much more than help you get that “bikini-bod”.

7  Reasons You Need to Begin Exercising Today

Listed below are the top 7 ways that exercise contributes to good health. These are listed in no particular order – I’ll let you decide which of these reasons are most important to you.

Reduce Levels of Stress

Are you regularly overwhelmed? In today’s fast-paced world, there are so many sources of stress – work, relationships, friends, family, misbehaving children… the list goes on! Unfortunately, the list of things that contribute to stress is much longer than the list of things that you can do to de-stress. Well, exercise releases natural chemicals called endorphins which block the transmission of pain signals and produce a feeling of euphoria. It’s the most natural way for you to unload, unwind, and forget about the things that are getting you down.

Strengthens Your Heart

What is the most important muscle in your body? No, it’s not your pecs, glutes, or biceps! Your heart is the most important muscle in your body! Not only does regular exercise strengthen your heart, it also lowers the risk of heart disease! Exercise improves your circulation, lowers your blood pressure, increases levels of good cholesterol, and lowers levels of bad cholesterol.

Better Sleep

Do you value sleep? That’s a rhetorical question because I know that you do! Unfortunately, many of us don’t get enough sleep. Rather, we don’t get enough quality sleep. We toss, we turn, and we wake up as tired as we were before we went to bed. One of the reasons our sleep quality is so poor is because our respective minds are over-active; over-stressed. As mentioned above, exercise is a natural reliever of stress. Less stress = better sleep.

More Energy

Are you feeling tired? If you’re like the majority of people, you probably are! You may be surprised to hear that it’s exercising and not napping, that’s the solution. Sounds crazy right? However, it’s not. Your fatigue may be the result of a lack of oxygen to the brain and not the result of a lack of sleep. Exercise improves our lung capacity and our circulation, bringing more oxygen to both your brain and your muscles.

Self-Confidence

Are you unhappy with yourself or the way that you look?  In a society that is absolutely obsessed with physical appearance, it’s easy to get down on yourself. Regular exercise contributes to better self-image and self-esteem. Practiced consistently, it can help improve your posture, strength, appearance, and general health.

Memory Boost

Are you suffering from brain-fog?  Can’t remember what you had for lunch? It has been proven that exercise can boost your memory and make you more alert. Exercise stimulates the hippocampus which is a key component in the brain’s learning and memory functions.

Increases Happiness

Who couldn’t use more happiness in their lives? How can you have too much? Perhaps it’s because of one of the reasons listed above or perhaps it’s because of the feeling of accomplishment and productivity. Regardless, regular exercise helps to keep you happy!

Start Exercising Today!

Do you need more incentive? At least one of these reasons MUST appeal to you. But, the incentive is only one part of the equation.  If you haven’t already, you need to get up and start exercising!