Updated: Nov 24, 2021
Exercise or movement seems to be something people really love or they prefer to avoid.
I am hoping to help empower, inspire and motivate you no matter where you fall on that spectrum.
Full disclosure I do love to exercise. Sports and exercise have always been a big part of my life and I have been teaching a HIIT Bootcamp exercise class since 2010.
Here are 3 health reasons to exercise regularly and intentionally.
Listen in or read on below for a few reasons to exercise that you may not have thought about.
Strong muscles and bones.
OK maybe you thought of this one but here are a couple of things to think about.
As we age osteopenia and osteoporosis are concerns for both men and women.
50% of women and 25% of men over the age of 50 will be diagnosed with osteoporosis.
Regularly doing weight bearing exercises such as walking, jogging, aerobics and weightlifting is very important for strengthening your bones.
Here’s a little inspiration for building muscle. My mom was 74 years old when she was diagnosed with brain cancer. I was very blessed to be able to help take care of her.
My mom weighed a little more than I did. Due to the cancer she had to use a walker because the motor skills in her right leg and right arm were weakened by the cancer.
Up until her diagnosis my mom went to water aerobics class twice a week and hiked on the weekends with her friends. She lived in Colorado. From experience I can tell you she didn’t attend wimpy water aerobics classes. ;)
Her arms, legs and core were strong due to her regular exercise. Thank God as she was able to help me when I needed to help her move. I would have needed others to help me take care of her if she had not been so strong.
Her physical muscle strength enabled her to be able to do more for herself longer.
Exercise helps both your quality and your quantity of sleep.
Your quality of sleep is improved because you will spend more time in deep sleep. Deep sleep is when your body is physically restoring and repairing itself.
When you exercise this also helps reduce your stress levels significantly. Stressful thoughts are typically what keep you awake at night. So, you may fall asleep more easily and get more uninterrupted sleep.
You may crave healthier food.
You read that right! When you start exercising regularly you also may start eating healthier.
This is called a transfer effect.
The transfer effect is where learning to improve in one area of your life will create a desire to improve in another area of your life.
Bonus! Changing and improving one area of your life will ripple out into other areas of your life too.
After doing all that work exercising you may realize that giving your body more nutritious food will help you reach your health, wellness and life goals more quickly.
Exercising or moving at least 30 minutes a day seems to be most beneficial. If you don’t have time to do that all at once then break it up into chunks. Maybe three 10-minute sessions or two 15-minute sessions of exercise. Make it manageable.
Exercise will improve the quality and the quantity of your years.
If you are not exercising regularly then start slow and pick something you enjoy. Invite your friends. Most importantly make it fun!
Do you love to exercise or would you rather not?
Let me know in the comments below or shoot me an
email - firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to hear.
Live life empowered!
Besides exercise here is a free guide for more easy ways to reduce stress: 5 Tips to Reduce Stress
Sheri Johnson is a certified Transformational Holistic Health and Life Coach in the Central Florida area. She believes everyone deserves an amazing healthy, balanced life, full of energy and feeling fantastic! When you get back on track in life and feel like yourself again then you can easily step into who you truly want to be, living out your purpose, passion and what you were called here to do.