There is a great deal of research out there on the benefits of exercise. There are many lists, articles and research to read. You can start with a list of 20 Exercise Benefits to more detailed information on the Benefits of Physical Activity. The information is wonderful news because of the numerous health benefits. I exercise not only for these reasons but because exercise just makes me feel better.
Recently, we were working on a family project and painted 3 bedrooms in one day. This took us about 9 hours. We were tired at the end of the day but thrilled at our accomplishment. The next morning, I was still weary. Staying in bed a little longer sounded really good to me. Instead, I got up and walked 3 miles. I have to tell you, when I was finished, I was invigorated and felt fresh and ready for the day. This happens often when I am tired. I go ahead and take a walk and then feel much better throughout the day.
With all the information out there, here are my top 5 reasons for consistently exercising:
I hate to admit it, but I am aging! I work at trying to age gracefully. To me that means that I stay active both physically and mentally. I do these while enjoying life to its fullest.
Exercising increases your heart rate which of course then pumps more oxygen to your brain. This combination helps to promote the growth of new brain cells and increase cognitive function.
Keep your muscles and bones strong
As I age, I think more about the benefits of not falling. Having stronger bones and muscles assists in giving you better stability.
Exercise helps to maintain your bone and muscle strength and helps bones become denser.
Increase your healthy life span
I want to have an increased life span only if I am healthy
Exercise can boost your endurance, helps your cardiovascular system, gives you more energy and improves your immune system.
Exercise is a great way to control your weight
I have weighted about the same amount my entire adult life, and I do like to eat. I know that my daily activity helps me maintain my weight level.
Exercise can increase your metabolism and help you maintain and increase lean body mass. Both metabolism and lean body mass can help you increase the number of calories you burn in a day.
Emotional health benefits
I know exercise helps to maintain my emotional, physical and mental health.
It helps you with increased happiness, better self-confidence and can alleviate depression and anxiety.
Staying active has so many benefits in all stages of life. It can reduce your risk of developing several diseases and improve your quality of life. I engage in daily activities because exercise just makes me feel better.