#Move For A Better Life

The days of being a couch potato are over. It’s time to get up and start moving. Exercise is one of the most important and beneficial things you can do for your body. A regular exercise routine goes way beyond the physical benefits. Physical exertion not only leaves your body in better shape but also improves your mental health. Here are a few reasons why you should #move for a better life:

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1. Reduce Your Stress Level
Busy schedules do not often come without the added stress of trying to get everything accomplished. Taking time out of your day for physical activity will decrease your stress and allow you to keep going with your day. When your body is moving your brain is releasing endorphins (the feel good neurotransmitter). Plus keeping your mind busy with a swim or game of tennis allows you to focus on the task at hand; instead of your nagging worries. Your to-do list gets pushed to the back of your mind, which helps “recharge” your mental batteries after a long day. Keeping relaxed also decreases the symptoms of depression and anxiety by up to 72%.

2. Weight Control
We all know that a regular exercise routine can result in weight loss. We also know all long list of negative side effects of obesity on your body. By getting up to move every hour or so (even if it’s just a quick stretch or brief walk) you are burning fat and calories. The more muscle you build, the more you increase your resting metabolism. Exercise can also keep you from over indulging in snacks too. Instead of walking to the fridge, walk around the neighborhood. This can help you forget your craving while getting your body in motion!

3. Self-Esteem
Being in better shape will boost your self-esteem. You don’t need to be stick-skinny, just healthy. Working out keeps your body toned and improves your muscles. As mentioned before, when your body is moving you are releasing endorphins, the feel good brain chemical. When you feel good, you look good. Move your body, be confident, and be proud of your body.

4. Disease Prevention
Regular physical activity can prevent you from developing a wide range of health problems. Staying active maintains your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which reduces your risk of heart disease (the leading cause of death in America). Studies have shown exercise reduces the risk of developing breast and colon cancer too. The risk of breast cancer can be reduced by 10% - 20%, with regular exercise routines. Your immune system is also boosted after a workout session to fight away cells and prevent from getting sick.

5. Exercise The Mind
Physical exercise can even improve your brain function. As you get older your brain starts to strink. One study found healthy people aged 60 to 79 showed significant increases in brain volume after six months cardio related training. Exercise can also help your brain focus, keep you organized, and help plan future events. Another study found adults aged 55 to 80 who exercised regularly performed four times better on cognitive tests than control groups who didn’t work out. The longer the study participants worked out, the better their test results.

6. Live Longer
Exercise can even increase your lifespan and come on. A study done by The National Cancer Institute showed that people who engaged in physical activity had life expectancy gains an average of four and a half years. Even 15 minutes a day were shown to play a role. Being too busy is no longer be an excuse. A short walk is better than no walk.

7. Energy
This may come as a surprise, but exercise can actually be an energy booster. It makes sense to think that you’ll feel more tired after a workout, the reality is exercise can have the opposite effect. When our body moves we increase blood flow which delivers more oxygen through our body. More oxygen creates more energy. A regular workout routine leaves your body in better shape which won’t leave your getting tired as quickly during your day-to-day activities.

8. Improve Sex Life
Physical activity can also benefit that special time spent with your significant other. After a long day, being tired is often used as an excuse to ignore physical intimacy but with regular physical activity your energy levels are boosted. Exercise can also improve your cardio and the longer for you to feel tired. Your self-image can also be improved, leaving you feeling more comfortable with your body and more eager to show your love. Studies have also should women who participate in physical activities increased arousal and men decreased the chances of erectile dysfunctions.

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