Three reasons why exercise is important are: it encourages an efficient metabolism and digestive system, promotes overall health, and improves physical appearance.
Have you ever noticed that there are some people who approach diet and exercise with almost religious fervor?
Sometimes these people get on our nerves; at other times, they just make us feel tremendously guilty.
Regardless, there are many good reasons why exercise is important for all of us.
Unfortunately, in the case of regular exercise, many of us would rather not put the effort into it.
Instead, we completely dismiss all that the advocates of a healthy lifestyle have to say and close our eyes and ears to reality. But the fact remains that Americans are becoming unhealthier and heavier with every passing year. We could all stand to get off the couch for a while and exercise.
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How Does Exercise Encourage an Efficient Metabolism and Digestive System?
Numerous studies over the last several decades have proven fairly conclusively that regular exercise helps the metabolism work as efficiently as possible. Those same tests conclude that an efficient metabolism is one of the factors necessary for maintaining a healthy digestive system. In both cases, efficient metabolism and a healthy digestive system tend to result in overall better health.
Lower cholesterol, more efficient use of calories, weight loss, and increased energy levels are all the result of an efficient metabolism and a healthy digestive system.
If we can gain improvement in all of those areas with just 20 minutes of exercise, five days per week, it seems to be worth the investment. Wouldn’t you be thrilled to amaze your doctor with normal cholesterol levels that didn’t require them to write a prescription? Wouldn’t it be worth it to invest in a bit of moderate exercise if it helped prevent us from gaining excess weight in our older years?
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How Does Exercise Promote Better Overall Health?
Moderate daily exercise helps to promote better overall health because it keeps the body as strong as possible, even as we age. For example, healthy muscles and bones are dependent upon one another to retain their health.
Studies have shown that older Americans who engage in regular swimming or walking tend to slow down the loss of bone density by as much as 50%. Healthy muscles reduce the load on aging bones, while healthy and dense bones make for better working muscles.
Your mental health is part of the overall picture here too, so let’s not minimize the effect exercise has on the mind and spirit. Even though it may sound contrary to nature, regular exercise boosts the energy level which in turn, helps us maintain a brighter outlook on life.
Those who exercise regularly tend to feel better about themselves and the world around them than those who don’t. Regular exercise also tends to cause a reduction in TV time – and that can only help to improve our thoughts and emotions.
How Does Exercise Improve Physical Appearance?
Let’s face it, human beings are very visual in just about everything we do.
While it’s true that men tend to be more visual than women, most of our first impressions and overall perceptions of the world around us are based a great deal on what we see. If you look unhealthy you will project a poor first impression on those you meet. This is not helpful when looking for a job, going on a first date, or making a sales pitch. On the other hand, projecting a healthy first impression increases your chances of success.
This is not to say that all of us need to look like bodybuilders, athletes, or celebrities. The point is that there is a difference between a healthy appearance and an unhealthy one; we all know it when we see it. What’s more, it’s natural for people to feel good about themselves if they have a healthy appearance. And when you feel good about yourself, you also tend to have more self-confidence. What’s wrong with that?
There are many other reasons why exercise is important. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what your motivation is, just as long as you’re doing it. Find an exercise program that you enjoy and that you can do within the current circumstances of your life. Then persevere and go do it. You’ll feel better, you’ll look better, and you’ll provide yourself with a healthier future.
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