Why Fitness is Important for Everyone

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Whether you’re an average semi-active individual or a full-on olympic athlete, a regular fitness practice of some kind can bring a lift of positivity to your life. Physical exercise offers long-lasting benefits for those who engage consistently. It might be tough to get started, but finding an activity you love can help motivate you to get moving more often.

When you exercise regularly, you’ll experience both physical and mental health benefits. There will be positive changes that you can see, and some that happen without your knowledge within your own body. Movement has the power to keep your body healthy in ways you’re not even aware of, which is part of what makes working out such an amazing life choice.

You don’t have to climb giant mountains or become an olympic sprinter, but even doing a daily yoga workout or hitting the gym a few times a week is enough to get your blood pumping so you can experience a variety of positive changes in your body.

For Your Mental Health

There are so many ways that working out can improve your mental health, no matter your experience with it in the past. Exercising releases endorphins, which can routinely make you feel happier both in the moment and over a sustained period of time.

In addition to uplifting you with a release of happy chemicals, working out regularly can help you manage stress, depression and anxiety. Exercising is also a healthy coping skill for things like PTSD and ADHD, and can be a great way to channel energy into something positive. The body and the brain are connected, so it only makes sense that regular physical exercise can have a positive effect on the mind.

For Longevity

Did you know that one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity at all by age 75? This is a shame, because many of the health declines associated with aging are actually a result of a lack of physical activity. Starting an exercise regimen at any time in your life can help you experience long-term health benefits. It’s never too early, and it’s never too late!

Exercising regularly can provide increased benefits over time, including preventing muscle loss, improving mental functioning, increasing flexibility and preventing diseases. Your health also has an impact on your life insurance premiums. Whether you’re already in your senior years or you’re young and carefree, adopting a regular practice of exercise can help maintain your body’s health and mobility for years to come and ultimately save you money.

For Your Strength and Fitness

Regular maintenance and practice is the key to keeping anything running at its best, and the same is true for your fitness and your body. It may go without saying, but the best way to keep your body strong, fit and capable is to engage in a regular practice of exercise. Regularly working your muscles, heart and lungs strengthens them over time and allows you to constantly move at your best.

Running, moving and doing daily activities are all much less likely to make you break a sweat when you’re regularly working out, and the more you do it, the easier it gets.

For Your Weight

One of the main reasons that many people choose to start working out is to lose or maintain their weight at a place that feels right to them. While eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is also crucial for keeping the pounds off, working out allows you to target specific body parts and muscle groups you’d like to focus on. While strength training is important for building muscle mass, cardio is especially important for burning fat.

When it comes to keeping the weight off, it’s important not to let yourself quit too easily, even when you reach your fitness and weight goals. Working out is more likely to provide health benefits over a long period of sustained practice.

For Your Insides

While exercising can offer so many benefits that you can see and feel in your body, it also offers many that you might not even know are happening. Even beyond the great things that exercise can do your your heart, your lungs and your muscles, having a regular workout practice can provide your body with so many more advantages that are tied to the inner workings of your body in all its functions.

Exercising can improve bone health and bone density, it can reduce your risk of chronic diseases and it can help keep blood pressure and cholesterol low. Exercise can even help you quit smoking by relieving nicotine withdrawl symptoms. Overall, working out can promote all kinds of healthy life changes and physical functions within your own body.

Finding the time and motivation to exercise is about more than just burning calories. Exercise can make you feel good and function better in so many areas of your body and your lifestyle. Whether you’re hitting the gym, going for a run or flowing it out with a yoga practice, getting in your workout each day is sure to make vast improvements in your life.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get moving!

Jennifer Landis
Jennifer Landis is a wife, mom, writer, and healthy living blogger. She enjoys longs walks around the block with her toddler, prefers tea over coffee, and eats way too much peanut butter. You can find more from Jennifer on her blog, http://mindfulnessmama.com or follow her on Twitter @JenniferELandis

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