Even More Benefits of Exercise

We’ve heard it so many times before, it’s likely that for most of us the imperative to increase our physical exercise falls on deaf (or at least bored) ears. But the benefits of adding exercise to one’s daily routine go well beyond weight loss and cardiovascular health. According to WebMd, those with a regular exercise routine also may see improvements at work and in their personal lives. WebMD offers the following 10 fitness facts:

  1. Exercise boosts brainpower, which can make you more productive at work
  2. Movement melts away stress and can reduce symptoms of depression
  3. Exercise gives you energy, by releasing endorphins that can keep you energized throughout the day
  4. It’s not that hard to find time for fitness – you don’t have to go to the gym, just schedule a work meeting at the jogging track or go with your children to the park
  5. Fitness can help build relationships – meet a friend or your spouse for that after-dinner walk and increase communication while building stronger muscles
  6. Exercise helps ward off disease and ease some aspects of the aging process
  7. Fitness pumps up your heart, which makes regular daily activities easier
  8. Exercise lets you eat more – you can splurge now and then without ruining your diet
  9. Exercise boosts performance – your endurance for other activities will rise as you strengthen muscles and improve flexibility with regular exercise
  10. Weight loss is not the most important goal – exercise goals should really about improving one’s overall level of functioning

Increasing physical activity has many advantages, but always consult with your physician before starting any new exercise programs. Our counselors are always available for consultation about how to add healthy habits to improve daily life.

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