What’s The Point?

By Sean Keats, CSCS

(WINDSOR, ON) – Staying in shape into your 60’s and beyond. It’s so easy to find an excuse not to exercise.  You’re tired, don’t have enough time, don’t need to lose weight, or don’t look good in your workout clothes… the list could go on and on.  Chances are, you’ve got your own list of excuses you’ve used a time or two.  But what if you could be convinced that the benefits of physical activity are worth every effort?

What will it take to persuade you of your need to exercise?  Don’t let a heart attack or a slowly increasing waistline be your wake up call.  Taking control of your health and wellness through exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself.  Here’s why.

1. Working Out Controls Weight

Obesity increases your risk for almost every major health problem out there, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancers, back pain, and knee problems.  If you’re overweight, exercise is key to weight loss and improved health.  The more calories you burn through physical activity, the more weight you’ll lose.

Exercise isn’t just for overweight people.  It’s vital for weight maintenance as well.  Get and keep a healthy weight with physical activity.

2. It Fights Disease

Exercise can also help you live longer.  Your risk of heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death, are reduced with exercise.  Physical activity makes your heart stronger and helps blood flow easier.  This lowers blood pressure and boosts good cholesterol levels.  Regular exercise has also been shown to lessen your chances of developing diabetes, arthritis, certain types of cancer, and arthritis.

3. Exercise Improves Emotional and Mental Health

Stressed out?  Feeling depressed?  Exercise can help.  It’s known for improving your mood and relieving anxiety. T he brain chemicals responsible for good emotions and mental well-being are stimulated with physical activity.

Self-conscious about your appearance?  Have a low self-image due to your weight?  Boost your confidence by losing those extra pounds, strengthening your muscles, and toning your body with exercise.

4. Hitting the Gym Boosts Energy

After a long day at work or with the kids, life can leave you feeling dragged out and low on energy.  The last thing you may feel like doing is exercise, but it may be just the thing you need to fill your energy tank.  Increased blood flow delivers nutrients and oxygen to your body’s cells, enabling them to do their job more efficiently.

Regular exercise also builds strong muscles.  How’s this help with your energy?  A strong body improves your stamina, so you can feel your best each day and go strong all day long.

5. Staying Fit Promotes Deep Sleep

It’s amazing how a good night’s rest can change your perspective on the day ahead.  Physical activity early in the day can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer so you wake up feeling refreshed and energized for the day.

6. Physical Activity Provides Enjoyment

Hate to run?  Don’t!  Exercise isn’t meant to be another dreaded task on your to-do list.  Find an activity you enjoy.  It could be hiking, riding your bike, or playing tennis with a friend.  If you’re competitive, join a rec team.  View exercise as a way to unwind, better your health, spend time outdoors, or connect with family.  In the event you get tired of your workout, try something new.

7. Your Routine Enhances Your Sex Life

Problems in the bedroom?  Add regular exercise to your life and see if things don’t improve.  Increased energy, confidence in your appearance, heightened arousal for women, and a decreased risk of erectile dysfunction in men are a few of the benefits exercise offers for your sex life.

Convinced Yet?

All it takes is 30 minutes a day.  Take control of your health and improve the quality of your life with regular physical activity.

Sean Keats is a personal trainer in Windsor at BodyX Fitness Solutions.  If you’re serious about achieving your goals, call Sean for a complimentary consultation at (519) 817-1641.

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About the Author

Ian Shalapata
Ian Shalapata is the owner and publisher of Square Media Group. He covers politics, the police beat, community events, the arts, sports, and everything in between. His imagery and freelance contributions have appeared in select publications and for organizations in Canada and the United States. Contact Ian with story ideas.