Exercise…not just for fat loss

By March 2, 2013Health
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Hey, hope you’re doing well!  Thanks for allowing me to be part of your weekend.

I think we all know it, but sometimes we forget that the benefits of exercise extend
beyond what a monthly body fat and measurements check-in (or the scales) tells us.

In addition to helping you look your best, exercise should be a core part of your lifestyle.

Why?

Well there are plenty of reasons.  To name a few…

1. IT REDUCES STRESS

Your boss wants a report done in half the time you were planning to spend on it.  Although you don’t know how you’re going to do it, you know you have to get it done.  This is just one of countless examples of why modern society is so stressful.

While this high level of stress drives many people to look for outlets that aren’t good for them, it’s possible to reduce stress in a positive way.  When you push yourself during a workout, your body releases chemicals that create a, “natural high.”  Once this occurs, it will help to wipe away all of the things that are antagonizing your mind.

2. IT IMPROVES SLEEP

Most people wish they could spend less time sleeping.

Unfortunately, if you want to be at your best during the day, you have to get a good night’s sleep.  The most frustrating situation is when you try to make time for sleep but end up spending a large percentage of it tossing and turning.  Instead of resorting to medication that allows you to pass out but doesn’t provide you with the type of deep restorative sleep that’s so important, exercise can work as a natural sleep aid.

When you workout on a regular basis, you’ll find that you’re able to fall asleep within a few minutes of your head hitting your pillow.

3. IT COUNTERACTS ANXIETY

Anyone who’s experienced anxiety understands how much it can take away from your quality of life.  When you’re constantly in a state of worry or even fear, you simply can’t live life to the fullest.  Although this is a real condition, many people suffering from it are still hesitant to treat it with medication.

If you want to improve your quality of life but don’t want to resort to medicating, data from multiple studies points to the ability of exercise to counteract anxiety by delivering an emotional boost that can have a long-term impact.

4. IT INCREASES CONFIDENCE

Being unhappy with your body takes a toll on your self-esteem.

If you feel like you’ve watched your body slip away from you over the last few years, you not going to feel as confident as you once did.  Fortunately, your confidence isn’t something that’s gone for good.  Instead, it simply needs to be built back up.

Not only will the physical changes exercise delivers increase your confidence, but you’ll also benefit from the mental boost it gives you.  Once you get into a regular routine and start noticing significant increases in your physical endurance, you will realize that there’s no reason you can’t have exactly what you want in life!

5. IT HELPS WITH DEPRESSION

Like anxiety, it’s common for medication to be the only form of depression treatment that’s pursued.  While that’s a frustrating reality for anyone who struggles with this condition, the good news is the same data collected about anxiety and exercise points to similarly positive improvements for those with depression.

That is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits that consistent exercise provides.

I know I talk to you during our sessions, but not always like this.

I would love to hear from you as to what other benefit(s) have you experienced as a result of making exercise a core part of your lifestyle?

Have a great rest of the weekend!

William

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