Stop the Excuses: 5 Reasons to Exercise

There are many good reasons to exercise. Reminding yourself of what they are can work wonders on your motivation.


There is always a good reason why you should skip exercising on a particular day. Life can get busy with hectic work and home schedules. It’s time to get serious about exercise and remember every important reason why your workout should come first. Here are five to get you started:

1. It’s good for your physical health. Physical exercise has been shown to help you maintain a healthy weight, which can reduce your risk for diseases and conditions ranging from arthritis to diabetes to cancer. It also promotes healthy bones, good circulation, quality sleep, increased energy and contributes to people living longer healthier lives.

2. It’s good for your mental health. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, which foster a feeling of calming euphoria. Research has linked a lack of endorphins to an increased risk of depression. Exercise can also help enhance concentration and memory function.

3. It’s a good way to manage stress. Research has proven exercise to be an effective means of managing stress. Exercise offers a great opportunity to redirect your focus and burn off frustration.

4. It sets a good example. As obesity, including childhood obesity, is on the rise, exercising regularly you set a good example for your children and others in general.

5. It will become a habit. As you exercise more often, it will likely become a habit, something you just do as opposed to something you have to talk yourself into doing. And that’s more enjoyable than making excuses followed by feeling guilty for making excuses.

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