We all know we should be exercising more, but some of us just cannot get motivated enough to do it…
Our doctors tell us. Our loved ones tell us. Sometimes our clothes tell us when they’re feeling a bit tighter than usual, but today #SportBits reveals the top 5 reasons why we all should be exercising more regularly. #takeitorleaveit
1. Be a good role model.
Let’s face it. Child obesity is a huge problem in our society. It has both immediate and long-term effects on the health and well-being of today’s youth. Add to the fact that school gym programs are being reduced while screen time is on the rise. We HAVE to be our kids’ fitness role models. So encourage fitness within your family. Take walks after dinner. Play some Frisbee or throw a football. How about a friendly competition of snowman or sandcastle building? You’ll be getting your own heart rate up while showing your kids the importance of staying active.
2. Exercise lowers your risk for disease.
Regular exercise has been shown to boost your mood and alleviate anxiety, as well as lowering your risk for Type 2 diabetes, strokes and certain types of cancer (such as breast and colon). This alone should get you off the couch! Regular exercise can also help you fall asleep easier and stay asleep and trust me, as you get older, that “staying asleep” thing is a challenge. Oh, and did I mention that exercise can enhance your sex life? #nuffsaid
3. Ease back pain and improve your posture.
A daily regimen of stretches and exercise can do wonders for your back. By strengthening your core abdominal muscles, you’ll increase your overall strength, taking the pressure away from your back and helping to alleviate any existing back pain. Exercise helps you maintain a correct posture by keeping balancing muscle groups strong and flexible. Help to avoid the “slump and hunch” that comes with age by staying fit. Preventing aches and pains keeps you standing straight and younger looking too. #trustmewhenIsay
4. Exercise = Me Time
Whether it’s an early morning jog, an afternoon Pilates class or a late night walk with the dog, solo exercise gives you the opportunity to have some quiet time. Put on some music or a book-on-tape and let her rip on the ole Stairmaster. It’s a good time to think about future goals or distract you from your daily grind. It’s the perfect “me time” and you deserve it.
5. Shake up your social life.
Exercise can shake things up and add a whole new social dimension to your life. Whether it’s Bikram yoga, boot camp, line dancing or hiking, classes are a great way to meet new friends and potential partners (why not!!)…the possibilities are endless.
So, what do you think? Have I convinced to get up and get motivated to exercise? If not, tell me why damn it!! I thought I made a pretty good case. Personally, I think we should all take up rollerskating ~> it’s making a comeback, #bigly.