Hello friends! I hope you’re all doing well.
Today I’m sharing another Top 10 list with you. I have to admit, writing a list of reasons to start exercising seemed a bit silly to me at first. I almost feel like “do I really have to give people reasons?” as I just can’t get away from thinking that deep down everyone knows they should be working out!
Sometimes I have a difficult time seeing other people’s point of view on this issue since my life has revolved around fitness for so long. But we all know there are millions of people out there who don’t do ANY exercise at all. So my hope is that if you have someone like that in your life you’ll forward this post on to them (via the Facebook link below perhaps) – and maybe it will strike a chord.
So here we go, in no particular order, my Top 10: Reasons To Start Exercising…
1. You’ll Look Better- This is obvious right? Let me clarify though – I see many people exercise for years who never look any better. But an intelligent program will absolutely deliver results and help improve self-esteem, confidence, and self worth. The benefits of looking better don’t just end with a smaller waist size.
2. You Can Eat More Food! – Yes it’s true! If you exercise regularly and have more muscle mass then you also get a nice bonus besides being healthier and looking better- you get to eat more. This is because you actually have to feed the machine in order to keep that high performance body of yours running in tip-top shape. Plus, a cheat here and there just gets burned off because you’ll be “revving” at a higher rate – so you won’t feel guilty eating those cookies!
3. Your Health Will Improve – Yes another obvious reason, but how many people know just how much they can improve their health through fitness? Regular exercise can help fight osteoporosis, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce the risk of cardio vascular diseases and help prevent the onset of dementia and other mental ailments. Plus it keeps hormone levels from declining as rapidly which maintains muscle mass and keeps your metabolism high. Many daily aches and pains seemingly disappear overnight when you embark on a regular exercise program.
4. You’ll See Big Returns – I’ve said this before, there aren’t many things that you can put a small investment in and get a huge payout from. With exercise you can; just 3 or 4 hours per week can pay fitness and health dividends for the rest of your life. Who doesn’t have 4 hours per week? Don’t fall prey to thinking countless hours and days are needed to see changes and health benefits.
5. You’ll Be A Role Model – If you have children, I believe you should be setting an example by living a healthy, active lifestyle. And if you don’t you can still be an inspiration to the rest of your family, co-workers, friends and society in general by being a role model, and showing what a difference fitness can make to your life. Exercise is contagious – so start sending out the right messages!
6. You’ll Feel Part Of A Community – Make no mistake about it, the fitness world is a community and you can make many friends within it. Especially in a gym setting, many people who meet in the gym carry their relationship out into the outside world. I know that I have friends today that I’ve met over the last 20 years in various gyms. It’s fun to meet new people with similar interests, goals and struggles. Who knows, you may just make a friend for life.
7. It’ll Improve Your Brain Power – Sure, most people see the gym and exercise as a way to grow bigger muscles and change one’s appearance, and it is. But, many changes also take place within the brain. Your ability to focus, coordinate, and multi task can be greatly enhanced through the use of a regular exercise program. It tunes your mind as well as your muscles and sharpens your ability to send a stronger signal. Brain Power; sounds sexy no?
8. You’ll Feel Happier – Outside of looking and feeling better, exercise also releases dopamine and endorphins that have a drug–like effect on your body and mind. In some cases, exercise can produce feelings of euphoria and pleasure. Research also shows that those who suffer from mild depression and who also exercise get “out of the slump” much faster than those who don’t and experience similar effects to a control group taking depression meds! That’s impressive.
9. You’ll Have More Energy – No doubt about it, exercise jacks up your energy levels and can help make you more productive in almost every aspect of your life. Wouldn’t it be nice to not feel sluggish, lethargic and be more alert? Plus you’ll sleep better too / be more rested, which adds to the feeling of being refreshed and ready to take on the world.
10. It’ll Feel Like An Accomplishment – In my opinion, there is nothing that rivals the feeling of empowerment that comes from being able to take charge of your health, how you look and how you feel. It’s truly life changing in every way, and can help teach you how to set goals, form a plan, and achieve success in other areas of your life.
And One Extra Reason: Because The Angry Trainer Says So! – Even if you don’t feel that you’ll benefit from any of the above reasons (you will), the bottom line is this- unless you want to live a subpar life for the short time that you’re here on earth, you must exercise. In my opinion, an existence without some form of exercise in it is sad and a waste of potential…
But what do you think of my list? Do you have any reasons to add? Leave a comment and be heard!