Top 15 Benefits of Exercise
From improved cognitive functioning and a higher metabolic rate, to disease prevention and weight-maintenance, there are many scientifically-based reasons to exercise. I thought it might be entertaining (maybe I need to get out more) to look at the Mayo Clinic’s top 7 benefits of exercise, then make my own list of why people *really* exercise!
2. Combats chronic diseases – We in the fitness industry have been shouting about this for years. But is anyone listening? Noooooo. Too bad, I’m going to shout it again: most chronic diseases can be prevented or managed with exercise – hypertension, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, colon cancer, abnormal cholesterol levels, stroke, arthritis. While we’re at it, you should also quit smoking!
3. Helps manage weight – Forget all that crazy talk pre-printed on the machines about fat-burning zones: a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. In a simple sentence that includes a verb, engaging in exercise causes you to burn calories. If you burn them, you aren’t storing them!
4. Boosts energy level – When people say “I’m doing my cardio,” they are secretly talking about Biology 101. The cardiovascular system is more efficient when it’s all “exercised up.” Go Heart! Go Blood Vessels! While we’re here: Go Lungs!
5. Promotes better sleep – As long as I don’t exercise right before bedtime, I can improve..zzzzzzzzz. snort.
6. Has positive effect on sex life – Women: Hello arousal! Men: Goodbye erectile dysfunction. Nuff said. Shut up and dance.
7. Can be fun – Okay, most of the people who live on* this* planet might wonder about the fun part, but obviously the researchers at the Mayo Clinic are whooping it up!