Whether you want to come to grips with it or not is irrelevant, exercising is an important part of maintaining physical (and sometimes emotional) health. If you ignore your body and refuse to partake in any physical activity, then chances are you are going to die young. Now, who wants to live a shortened life? After all, you only live once and to top it off, life is short, to begin with. It’s time to get yourself motivated to do this, and here’s why.
Before this list begins, the obvious reason (to stay healthy) is not going to be addressed as that is fairly obvious. However, have you ever thought that exercising could improve your self-confidence (esteem)? Think about it for a second. How much better would you feel about yourself going to a social gathering, knowing that you have been losing weight? No, this doesn’t mean you have to strive to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime. This doesn’t even mean you should stress about needing to be as fit as a super model. But, not feeling fat or bloated can go a long way in boosting self-confidence.
Improves Your Breathing
If you don’t regularly exercise but enjoy participating in physical events (basketball games, beach volleyball, etc.), then you probably run out of oxygen quickly. When you exercise, you strengthen the muscles in your body that allow your lungs to bring in oxygen. Thus, if you exercise on a regular basis, your breathing can be exponentially improved. Of course, many people can still do this but still have trouble breathing. Why? If you do happen to exercise regularly, but also are an avid smoker you may not notice any increase in breathing. This was only brought up to inform you that there are other factors of healthy breathing, and sometimes exercising alone won’t do the trick.
Can Reduce Your Stress
Every single person walking this planet has had to endure some sort of stress. It’s only human nature and nobody is immune to stress. Thus, you should have a good knowledge of remedies to reduce it. One, in particular, that is great is exercising. All you need to do is work up a sweat, and you will relieve mental stress. To best describe why this happens, exercising increases the focus of a chemical that handles your brain’s response to stress. Confused yet? Honestly, it’s not important for you to know why it reduces your stress. Just knowing that it does can give you an extra incentive to burn some calories.
It Can Be Fun
Wow, did he just say that exercising can be fun? This is probably what you just asked yourself. For one second, you shouldn’t think that exercising is a miserable way to spend your time. If you happen to hate a specific kind of physical activity (lifting, running, etc.), then don’t partake in that kind of activity. The world of exercising is very diverse. Basically, everyone can find something that they enjoy to do. For instance, have you ever thought to pick up a new sport? How about golfing (which requires no running)? How about just going for a walk outside and enjoying the beautiful nature around you? Either way, don’t have the mindset that exercising requires you to do a specific activity.
Increases Your Energy
Are there times that you want to get something done, but your body is telling you that it doesn’t have the energy? When you concede to this, you end up getting nothing accomplished. Whatever you were going to do, sounded good at first but then you realized you had no energy. However, if you function your body more efficiently (exercising throughout the day), you will notice a boost in your energy level. It’s ironic because often times early in the morning, you won’t feel like exercising. So, in order to boost your energy level, you have to get the necessary energy to exercise in the first place. Once you get it started for the day (which is more willpower), you will be fine.
As previously alluded to, there are several ways for you to exercise. One terrific way, in specific, is with elliptical machines. Although it’s not specifically related to all types of exercises, they may be exactly what you are looking for. Even if you find that this type of machine is not your cup of tea, don’t give up as there is something for everyone. Just remember all of these factors when thinking to yourself if you want to exercise.