Let’s start with the basics. Most of us know that exercise burns off fat, strengthens our heart, helps our circulation by reducing plaque build-up in our arteries and veins, and creates muscle which can promote good posture. Some may know that exercise strengthens bones (which can help prevent or delay osteoporosis) due to the faster delivery of calcium and other minerals deposited in the bones, or that it has been proven to reduce or counteract the onset of type II diabetes. Perhaps some might also have read about the benefits of exercise for those who suffer or have suffered from asthma, heart & lung diseases, strokes, fractures, infections, and many other conditions which require a strong immune system.
But how many know that exercise helps strengthen and protect the nervous system, the brain, our basic motor skills, such as reflexes, or even simple actions like driving, walking or balancing? And how many are aware that exercise helps prevent more complex neurodegenerative or neuromuscular disorders such as Alzheimer’s or Multiple Sclerosis? Or that it is been scientifically proven to significantly reduce depression and anxiety?
Not enough reasons? How about these: Exercise Promotes Positive Mood, Self-Esteem, Restful sleep, Reduced Stress, and Our lifespan. Getting the picture?
When you think you don’t have time for fitness you should ask yourself if you have time to be sick, diseased, tired, or depressed? Staying fit is not a luxury!
Ultimately, we all want to appear prettier, sexier and more desirable but these should be the rewards of fitness not the goals. Understanding why we should stay fit will help to remind you of one simple fact…. ‘Health is your biggest wealth’.