Do you know the feeling? You scheduled an evening workout, but today was just so busy and hectic that you really can’t find the motivation or the energy. You feel guilty because you skipped the previous one as well… and the one before that.
It can be tough to fit regular exercise into a busy lifestyle. Here are 7 convincing reasons that should help motivate you to do it anyway…
Reason #1: You Start To Melt Unwanted Fat Away
Of course, for many people the most appealing side effect of exercise is getting rid of that unsightly, unwanted excess body fat.
Combining a proven exercise routine with a balanced meal plan is the best known way to lose fat.
Here’s what losing fat feels like:
- People around you start noticing and commenting on how great you look lately.
- Your pants become loose and you start being able to fit into your old clothes again.
- You smile every time you glance at yourself in the mirror
- Your energy levels soar
- You feel amazing
See also: Best Fat Burning Exercises
Reason #2: You Start To Increase Lean Muscle Tissue
There are a lot of reasons why building more muscle is good for you… yes, even if you’re a woman!
One reason is that muscle requires a lot more calories each day than fat tissue does. In fact, one pound of muscle burns 30-50 calories each day at rest— compared to a measly 9 calories per pound of fat.
With regular exercise, your body composition will change to contain more lean muscle tissue. This results in extra calories burned each day… even while you sleep.
Reason #3: It Helps You Alleviate Pain
Many people find, to their amazement, that the chronic pain they’ve lived with for years starts fading shortly after they’ve started a regular exercise program.
Regular exercise is a great way to alleviate chronic pain in muscles and joints. Also, strengthening your core can reduce persistent back pain helps protect you against injury.
Reason #4: You Stay Young
A study on the effects of exercise on aging conducted at King’s College in London yielded some astounding results.
They found that exercise appears to slow the shriveling of the protective tips on bundles of genes inside cells (called telomeres).
In plain English this means that the act of exercising may actually protect the body against the aging process.
The study found that people who did 100 minutes of weekly exercise had telomeres that looked like those from someone about 5-6 years younger than those who did 16 minutes of exercise each week.
People who did 3 hours of vigorous exercise each week had telomeres that looked like those from someone about 9 years younger!
Reason #5: You Prevent or Control Type 2 Diabetes
Regular exercise has been shown to stabilize blood sugar levels. This means that people who suffer from type 2 diabetes, or at risk for type 2 diabetes, can gain substantial benefits from working out regularly.
Exercise improves your body’s use of insulin. The weight loss resulting from regular exercise also improves insulin sensitivity.
Of course, if you have type 2 diabetes, you need to get guidelines from their doctor before starting an exercise program.
Reason #6: You Lower Your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Levels
Exercising regularly has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels for these two reasons:
Regular exercise strengthens your heart muscles and trains them to pump more blood with less effort. A stronger heart means that less pressure will be exerted on your arteries.
Exercise is shown to increases HDL cholesterol levels in some people. This means a decreased risk for heart disease. Also, other heart disease risk factors such as being overweight, diabetes, and high blood pressure all show improvement with regular exercise.
Reason #7: You Feel Great
The first thing people usually notice after starting an exercise program is how much better they feel.
It’s easy to get used to feeling sluggish, achy, and unmotivated. This means you probably won’t realize just how bad you really felt until after starting a regular exercise program.
Exercise boosts your vitality and your energy levels, helping you to better cope with a hectic lifestyle and giving you more energy to keep up with your kids and spend quality time with your family.
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