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Think You Don’t Need Exercise? 7 Reasons To Rethink That Strategy!
Let’s face it. For some people, exercise is a joy but for most us….it’s a drag. Getting things ready to go to the gym, driving after work when you are already tired or, even worse, getting up early to hit the gym, is anything but fun.
So you walk into the gym where you see the same old machines, the same people, and think “What the heck am I doing here?” You yawn your way through three or four exercise machines, paying no attention to what you are doing and you start wondering what good this is doing for you anyway. You eat healthy. You keep a regular schedule. You have better things to do than sit in that gym for one more minute.
Before you know it, you are cutting your one hour sessions down to 30 minutes and your six-day a week routine gets cut back to five days … .then four .. And before you know it, you’ve thrown in the towel.
Exercise isn’t really that important, right?
Before you even realize it, you are on a downward spiral that includes the fast food drive-thru for lunch, you have no energy what so ever, and you wonder why you feel so sick and tired all the time.
If this sounds like you, what you really need is a wakeup call. When you understand just how much of your health is at stake without regular exercise, you will probably be sweating it out at the gym like never before.
Hopefully, this article is all the warning sign you need to get you up off your fat….sofa and get back to working out and reversing the damage that not exercising has done to your body.
1. You Are Aging Faster Than You Imagined Possible
Do you try to keep up with your twenty something kids and wish for your younger days? Do you look in the mirror and realize that your complexion will not stay 25 forever? Do you want to stop the effects of premature aging? Everyone wants to stop the hands of time at some point in their lives, and by not exercising, you are allowing stress to do severe damage to your body. Many experts call stress “the silent killer” and for good reason. A few of the consequences of stress:
- Hormone imbalance
- Sleep problems
- Increased heart rate
- Constricted blood vessels
- Cell damage
The last one, cell damage, has been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, and certain types of cancer. The more stress you can absorb or allow to bounce off of you will dictate how you age. One of the best remedies against stress and the signs of premature aging is exercise. Just 30 minutes of exercise can increase those feel good hormones like norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin. These hormones also help you to deal with stress.
One study from Princeton University found that exercise not only helps block stress, but it actually reorganizes the brain, allowing you to have a reduced response to stress.
Perhaps the fountain of youth isn’t a fountain at all, but nothing more than regular exercise.