Today, I want to spend some time talking about why we exercise. There are so many reasons that people give, but I want to focus on a few that I feel are more motivating and convincing than others or are lesser known.
Besides, a girl can dream that she will inspire someone to take the first step toward getting moving.
Why, you ask?
Because I want to inspire everyone around me to feel as great as I do! That means YOU, Reader.
Get this: according to The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, 37% of adults report they are not physically active. Only 3 in 10 adults get the recommended amount of physical activity.
So that’s a lot of people to convince…
Reason number 1: To prevent, manage or overcome type 2 diabetes.
Again, I quote The President’s Statistic, 41 million americans are estimated to have pre-diabetes. WOW. That’s more than the entire population of Canada. According to the American Diabetes Association, exercise can lower blood glucose and may lower how much insulin or diabetes pills we need to take. Basically, what happens is, during exercise, muscles can use glucose without insulin, which means our muscles get the glucose they need and our blood glucose level goes down. Activity also makes our body more sensitive to the insulin we make.
It’s also important to maintain a healthy meal plan and maintain our blood glucose levels through medication or insulin, if necessary.
And last but not least, exercise can aid in avoiding long-term complications from the disease, especially heart problems.
Reason number 2 : So we can stay on Pinterest.
Some of us have reached our healthy weight and want to enjoy a cookie or a glass of wine/beer or indulge in whatever ooey, gooey creation we are pinning, every now and then, without feeling guilty. Exercise has proven to help control our weight, along with our normal healthy diet plan, so, why not? Pin away…
Reason number 3: It keeps us YOUNG … Wild and Free!
Humans have been fascinated with staying young for centuries, probably since the beginning of our time. Our American culture is obsessed with staying young, hip and fashionable. We all want to be [insert latest pop star or famous athlete here].
We all know lack of exercise makes us FEEL old, but how about research that suggests it may very well make us younger than our actual age?
How about studies that suggest exercise can keep us from aging?
There is molecular proof out there that exercise keeps us young, including DNA studies involving Telomeres – you should really Google that! – but “they” are now stating exercise may even trump genetics! While you’re Googling, try mitochondria. Very interesting.
Reason number 4: Ehem…, it can improve our libido.
Now that I have your attention,
Besides making you feel more confident and secure about your body, it can actually boost your libido! Exercise has also been proven to lower your stress level, which makes us feel more happy, which makes us feel more in the mood, right? Well, I think we can end the list here.
So let’s go! It’s easy to begin, start today with a 5-minute walk and increase it gradually until you’re walking between 30 and 60 minutes each day. Remember, before you start any exercise regimen, please see your health care professional for a complete screening to ensure you’re healthy enough to begin.
Go on, lace up those shoes!