The End of Exercise Excuses
Have you ever told someone you couldn't exercise because you were too busy? Perhaps you said you were too wired or too tired? That you were too young or too old? Maybe the gym was too busy, or you didn't want to go alone. Perhaps the weather was too hot, too cold or too unpredictable to get out and move around. There seem to be almost as many excuses for people to avoid exercise as there are humans on the planet. I think people sometimes forget all the amazing things exercise can add to our lives.
This article is about motivation. I'm going to give you 40 reasons why you should get off your butt and start doing something physical. Tape this list to your refrigerator. Every time you come up with a reason to skip a workout, look at this list and pick a reason to do it. A little bit of exercise sure beats sitting on the couch and watching that TV show you won't remember an hour from now.
- Helps you keep off weight you've lost. A strenuous exercise session can depress appetite short-term and keep your body burning calories long-term.
- Can reduce or alleviate lower back pain.
- Helps slow bone loss. Exercises with impact builds stronger bones and reduces your risk of developing osteoporosis.
- Can reduce the need for anti-hypertensive medication by 20 to 30 percent.
- Lessens certain menstrual symptoms including hot flashes, irritability and sleep disturbances.
- Increases muscle endurance and respiratory muscle strength in asthmatics.
- Enhances how others perceive you. That translates into more money from work.
- Boosts your sexual desire, libido and satisfaction.
- Builds a stronger immune system and reduces the number of days you'll be sick.
- Helps you manage stress better.
- Is a great way to spend time with friends.
- Assists your body in efforts to stop smoking.
- Reduces your risk of breast cancer.
- Improves your mood, enhances your feeling of self-worth and helps fight depression.
- Can relieve the pain of tension headaches.
- Is a great excuse to get outside for your daily dose of vitamin D.
- Helps you combat substance abuse.
- Makes you a positive role model for friends and family. When they see you taking care of yourself, they'll be more likely to do the same.
- Speeds recovery from chemotherapy treatments.
- Encourages you to set and achieve goals. Finishing a race that you've been training for is an exhilarating feeling that leads to more goal setting and achievements.
- Reduces the effects of, and helps you overcome, jet lag.
- Slows the rate your joints degenerate.
- Increases the thickness of the cartilage in your joints.
- Saves you money on healthcare and medical expenses.
- Can help relieve constipation.
- Gives you a reason to get out of the house and meet new people.
- Boosts your creativity and improves short-term memory. A good workout can give you the inspiration to solve difficult problems.
- Increases the circulation of good cholesterol.
- Extends the amount of time you can work productively.
- Extends the amount of time you can play enthusiastically.
- Reduces your risk of a stroke.
- Helps lower insulin requirements for type 1 diabetes.
- Lowers your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Improves your balance and coordination.
- Keeps you looking younger so you're ready for the next wedding, anniversary or reunion.
- Can relieve discomforts from pregnancy including backache, constipation and heartburn.
- Motivates you to stand up straighter and maintain better posture.
- Provides protection from small injuries to your body.
- Reduces your risk of heart disease.
- Allows you to live independently for many more years.
All the money in the world won't help your body if you haven't taken care of it. You can be stronger than your excuses. Which reason will motivate you?
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