5 Reasons to Exercise Regularly

Kirkland Personal Trainer has 5 Benefits to Exercising Regularly

We’ve all heard it from the media, doctors, and our parents: “You should get out and exercise, it’s good for you”. That’s great, but what does “good for you” really mean? Most of us need something more “real” to actually motivate us to exercise regularly.

Now, when I say regular exercise I mean doing something moderately active each day of the week. This can be as simple as an evening walk around the block, casual bike ride, or commuting to work by bike instead of a car.

I’ve been asked this question a lot recently, so I figured I would try to motivate us a little more by describing 5 of the “real” reasons why we should exercise regularly.

1. Reduce Anxiety and Depression

These days, many North Americans are reporting feelings of anxiety and depression and many are on medication to help control it. Research has shown that regular exercise can help reduce anxiety and depression over time. Even more interesting is the fact that it has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression as much as traditional treatments (such as drugs) have. It looks like regular exercise can be a natural way to improve your mood and self-esteem.

2. Fight Disease

Our immune system helps fight off disease causing organisms that enter our body. Without a strong immune system we wouldn’t last long. Thankfully, regular exercise can help boost our immune system by improving the production of T cells, which are a type of white blood cell that act like soldiers to seek out and destroy targeted disease causing organisms. This is what helps keep you from getting sick when you’re trapped on a long flight.

3. Help with Daily Activities

Similar to muscles, the robustness of the bone is in direct relation to the forces applied to it. This is basically a use it or lose it situation. If we exercise regularly (use it) then our bones and muscles will remain strong, preventing unnecessary injury and allowing us to conduct our daily actives with ease. However, without regular exercise, our bones and muscles will diminish over time (lose it) causing them to become weak and brittle. This loss of strength is responsible for many older adults losing their ability to maintain their independence.

4. Prevent Colon Cancer

This may sound crazy but it’s true. Here’s what happens…digested food (stool) sits in your colon waiting to be excreted. But, if it sits too long, the toxins in the stool will leach out into your colon and back into your tissues which can eventually cause cancer. Regular exercise prevents the stool from sitting too long by stimulating peristalsis, which is a series of muscle contractions of the intestine that moves foodstuff through the digestive tract and out of the body.

5. Prevent Heart Failure

The heart supplies oxygen filled blood to the rest of our body including our brain, other vital organs, and muscles to support daily functions. When the heart is not healthy it can lead to, among other things, cardiovascular diseases such as a heart attack or stroke. However, with regular exercisewe can strengthen the heart and improve the body’s ability to transport and use oxygen for daily functions. Over time, this will lower your blood pressure and resting heart rate (this is a good thing) because your heart won’t have to work so hard.

Hope these are enough to motivate you to get active today. It definitely worked on me.

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