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by Christina Wilson

Why Exercise Is Important

The human body is meant to walk, bend, squat, jump, lift heavy things, and run if need be.  Most people should be able to move without pain, with good posture and confidence.  However, in our current epidemic of sedentary living, most people, even young people, don’t live active lives. 

There are many reasons why people buy gym memberships and don’t use them or wear athleisure every day but don’t break a sweat. Exercise isn’t always fun, nor is it instant gratification, and there is also something you can sit and look at on your phone.  For so many years, exercise was taught as something people (mostly women) did to lose weight or for men to bulk up to look strong. Achieving the ideal body is not the reason to exercise, and it does exercise a disservice.  The diet industry is a well-oiled machine for exploiting our vulnerabilities. 

Exercise does help you lose or maintain weight and can help you build muscle, but that is just one benefit!

Whatever your age, there's strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life.

People who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing many long-term chronic conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers.

Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality, and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, clinical depression, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease.

The beauty of exercise (or movement, if you prefer) is that it benefits you now and in the future.  

Instant: 

Muscles consume glucose as they activate, so exercise can offset a post-meal blood sugar spike.

Circulation is increased, blood travels faster to the brain, making you feel more alert.

Over 24 Hours:

Improved mood, better quality of sleep.

Long Term:

If you exercise consistently (ideally a minimum of moderate to vigorous cardio 150 minutes a week, enough to get your heart rate up and to break a sweat), your blood sugar will be more stable, and if you are in a calorie deficit, it will be easier to maintain or lose weight. Most people tend to be in a better mood and feel much less stressed. 

Longevity:

People who exercise tend to live longer lives, with decreased chances of developing chronic diseases and a higher quality of life. 

Hate exercise? Remember, exercise, in any amount, at any level, in any way, is better than no exercise. Start where you are. Do something that brings you joy.  Do a little, keep at it. 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35029593/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33256493/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36374766/

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