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