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When life gets busy working out tends to be the first thing to go. You know it won’t matter today or even tomorrow—but there is no getting around the fact that it will matter dearly over the long run.
Every day that you work out is an investment in your long term health, feeling as youthful as possible and even prolonging your life.At the very least, it will make the life you have that much more enjoyable. After all, what fun is living if you are sick, unhealthy, out of shape, and just feel old?
Each minute and dollar spent on fitness pays back tenfold.
Every year after age 25 we begin to lose muscle tissue from our bodies. We also begin to lose cardiovascular fitness and range of motion in our muscles and joints. The only thing on the planet that can counteract these losses is exercise. In fact, exercise is so powerful that a 50 year-old who exercises can be 'younger' physically than a sedentary 35 year-old.
Exercise is also correlated with a reduction in almost every disease under the sun, from heart disease, to cancer, to autoimmune diseases, and even to mental illness. Our bodies were designed to move, not to sit in a chair or on a couch all day. Even if our lifestyles will never be as active as our ancestors, we can go a long way toward counteracting physical demise by exercising. Exercise increases blood flow all over the body including the brain --so it helps our mental functioning as well. Exercise releases natural feel-good hormones that you will carry with you the rest of the day. For some, exercise provides an even more powerful pain-reducing capacity than morphine. Amazing!
Exercise also helps us keep our coordination. Exercise makes our bodies more resilient toward illness that might be circulating around us. As long as it's not overdone, exercise helps build up our immune systems to allow us to stave off disease. It keeps joints younger and more supple to help prevent injuries should we slip and fall or move the wrong way. Having better fitness also helps our bodies to cope with everyday stressors that would otherwise lead to overuse injury.
As if all that wasn't good enough, exercise tends to help us regulate appetite. Our cravings for healthy food increase while cravings for unhealthy food, alcohol and tobacco decrease. Those who exercise also need fewer prescription and over the counter drugs.
Last but certainly not least, exercise helps us regulate our sleep so that we fall asleep more easily, sleep better through the night, and sleep more deeply so that we wake up refreshed. Sleep is when the body restores itself, so this benefit is immensely important.
With all that being said, it's obvious that exercise needs to be an indispensable part of your day. You simply can't afford to not exercise!
Your quality of life truly depends on it!
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