According to a recent International Health Raquet & Sportsclub Assoc. report, the answer to this question is different for different people. Some people exercise for the many health benefits that exercise brings. Others use exercise as a way to reduce stress. There are some people who work out because they want to lose weight or maintain their current weight.
Regular exercise not only supports a healthy lifestyle, it also provides a host of other benefits, including a more positive mental outlook, less stress and a more positive body image.
A study from the University of Michigan, recently published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, offers surprising insight into why women in particular choose to exercise.
The primary reasons that women exercise includes healthy aging, quality of life, and weight loss. It may surprise you to learn that the women who exercise for quality of life reasons, or because they enjoyed how exercising made them feel, exercised more frequently than women who listed the other reasons.
Exercise helps you feel good about yourself when you see that you’re dedicated and disciplined enough to put yourself first and spend some time regularly exercising your body.
Can you name one cardiovascular disease where exercise is not recommended to prevent the disease, control the disease or reverse the disease? Can you name one metabolic disease where exercise is not recommended to prevent the disease, control the disease or reverse the disease? Can you name one respiratory disease where exercise is not recommended to prevent the disease, control the disease or reverse the disease? Can you name one musculoskeletal disease where exercise is not recommended to prevent the disease, control the disease or reverse the disease? The answer to all of these question is the same. There is none.
When you look better, you feel better, and exercise assists you with both. Regular physical activity not only helps to maintain optimal weight and body composition but those who regularly exercise enjoy significantly decreased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer, among other health risk. Your body will thank you for taking good care of it, and you’ll reap the many rewards of a healthier body and mind.
No matter what your personal goals and values are, there’s no question that exercise is beneficial for your health, your body, your mind, and much more. So whatever your reason is for working out, keep it up.
Judy Schmoeger, a longtime resident of Lee’s Summit, is owner and general manager of Anytime Fitness.