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Take Care of Your Health: The 5 Best Reasons to Exercise

 Did you know that over 83 million Americans consider themselves to be sedentary, meaning they get little to no regular exercise?

Sedentary lifestyles lead to disease, depression, and isolation. But regular exercise can help turn it around.

There are so many reasons to exercise. Here are a few of the biggest ones!

1. Exercise Makes People Happy

Research has shown that even moderate exercise can help improve your mood and prevent depression.

When we exercise our brains release a protein called a brain-derived neurotrophic factor (or a BDNF). BDNF is what our brain uses to protect and repair memory neurons. Essentially it helps us focus and have clear minds.

If you’ve ever seen Legally Blonde then you know that “exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy”. Endorphins are a hormone that your brain releases to block pain and can even cause the sensation of joy or euphoria.

So it’s no wonder why regular exercise can give you a boost!

2. You’ll Sleep Better

Did you know that regular or daily exercise can increase not only how long you sleep but how well you sleep?

It’s true!

Especially when done on a routine schedule, exercise will improve your chance of feeling rested and sleeping for the amount of time your body needs.

If you’re experiencing insomnia, waking regularly through the night, or having a hard time falling asleep, then exercise might be the way to end your sleep problems.

3. Prevents Heart Disease

Physical activity has been shown to lower blood pressure, strengthen your cardiovascular system, and prevent heart disease.

A recent study showed that walking for just a half a mile every day can decrease your risk of heart disease by 10%.

If you want to take it up a level, walking briskly for just 30 minutes every day decreases risk by 20%.

Combining exercise with a healthy diet can help you to maintain good health for much longer.

4. You Can Meet New People

One of the benefits of exercise that’s often forgotten is the social benefit. By joining an exercise group or program you have the opportunity to connect with new and like-minded people around you.

You can start a walking group with neighbors, host yoga sessions in your local park, take classes at a local city center, and more.

Start with Fit-InMotion personal training by meeting a motivational trainer who can help encourage you on your journey to love exercise.

5. Other Reasons to Exercise

Research has shown that regular exercise can help improve your sex life by reducing erectile dysfunction as well as increasing female libido.

It’s been shown to help improve long and short term memory.

Regular physical activity can also combat signs of aging.

What’s Next?

With so many reasons to exercise, what’s holding you back?

If running isn’t your style then consider what types of exercise you have access to that you enjoy. And start enjoying the benefits of regular physical activity.

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