I compiled a list of what I believe are the 31 most important reasons why you should get in shape, or stay in shape. What “getting in shape” means to me is you have a baseline of (1) strength, (2) muscular endurance, (3) cardiovascular capacity, and (4) flexibility to lead a fuller, healthier life. If you are weak in one of these 4 areas, then you have a gap to fill my friend!
Next time you’re thinking of skipping exercise, or you’re contemplating getting in shape (see 5 Stages of Change Model), you can use this list as a motivational reference.
If you have any friends who are not exercising, definitely shoot them this post!
So here are 31 reasons to get, or stay in great shape:
Regular exercise has been proven to reduce “bad” cholesterol levels (LDL) and increase “good” cholesterol (HDL)
Exercise can help you sleep better. People who exercise tend to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer.
Regardless of your body appearance, regular fitness helps improve your self-esteem.
Exercise not only reduces high blood pressure, it helps prevent it.
By increasing muscle strength, endurance, and improving flexibility and posture, regular exercise helps to prevent back pain. Studies show that exercise is an effective treatment for recurrent low back pain.
If you have a strong, fit body, the chances of injury significantly decrease.
Some studies show that exercising regularly can help decrease colon cancer risk by 40% and may help reduce the risk of breast cancer as well.
Exercise not only will increase the total number of calories that you burn, but also can increase your resting metabolic rate, so you burn more calories while at rest.
An increase in flexibility can decreases stiffness in joints, and can decrease pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
From getting out of a chair, to lifting an object off the ground, our bodies are able to perform daily activities better.
Not only does getting in shape help increase insulin sensitivity (ability of muscles to uptake glucose), but helps prevent type 2 diabetes.
Exercise increases circulation, which helps prevent erectile dysfunction and impotence. Exercise can increase sex hormones like testosterone.
Regular exercise strengthens the heart and improves contractile function
Yep, it’s really true. There are so many ways to “move” that there is bound to be one you enjoy. Try making exercise more competitive, or social if you need extra motivation. The hard part of course is getting started.
People who exercise regularly tend to live longer.
Exercise can improve your stability and also what is called your “kinesthetic awareness”. You have a better feel of where you are spatially, so you don’t knock into things at the grocery store by mistake!
Exercise is a great mood elevator to help you manage stress and reduce anxiety. The antidepressant effect of regular physical exercise is comparable to the potent antidepressants like Sertraline.
Exercise is beneficial for persons suffering from cholelithiasis and constipation. Physical activity may reduce the risk of diverticulosis, gastrointestinal haemorrhage, and inflammatory bowel disease.
While some research shows exercise increases appetite while others shows exercises suppresses appetite, one thing is for sure: regular exercise helps control weight.
Improves your body’s ability to use fat for energy during physical activity. Our bodies use glycogen and fat as stored energy to help sustain us.
Just about any doctor will tell you no pill or nutritional supplement has the power of near daily moderate activity in lowering the number of sick days people take.
Lifting weights helps prevent osteoporosis, which is so important because a shocking 1 out of 2 women will be diagnosed with osteoporosis.
Exercise helps improve your brain’s ability to concentrate, remember, visualize, plan ahead, and solve problems because a fitter body will supply a more rich amount of oxygen to your brain.
Improves your body’s ability to sit still and be comfortable for long periods of time. Keeping your muscles toned and strong and your joints flexible will prevent aches and pains from distracting you and keeping you from concentrating. If you have an office job, exercise is a necessity!
But just like the fat that leads to belly rolls and love handles, internal fat — called visceral fat — also can be prevented and eradicated with regular exercise.
Research suggests regular exercise can increase energy levels, even among people suffering from chronic medical conditions associated with fatigue, like cancer and heart disease. One study in 2006 showed the average effect of regular exercise was greater than the improvement from using stimulant medications, such as those that treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Forget the cup of coffee, or energy drink, and go for a brisk walk, or workout!
The latest research indicates exercise can keep the brain sharp into old age and might help prevent Alzheimer’s disease along with other mental disorders that accompany aging.
While appearance certainly isn’t everything, getting in better shape can help you look a lot better, and improve your confidence. From the appearance of your skin, to your overall body shape, just about every physical attribute can improve when you’re in shape.
You’re not at your best if you’re flabby and out of shape. Simply put, when you’re in great shape, you’re a better version of YOU, and this physical transformation can also help improve your mental, emotional, and spiritual state.
So there you have it, a solid 31 reasons to get in shape and stay motivated to exercise.
Did I not include any benefits of staying in shape that you think are important?
Are there any reasons that are particularly motivational for you?
Please leave a comment below and share your opinion.