15 Reasons to Start an Exercise Plan

Need a little extra motivation to start your fitness program? Here are 15 reasons to start an exercise plan.
15 Benefits of Starting a Fitness Plan

Motivation to Start a Fitness and Exercise Program

15 Reasons to Start an Exercise Plan

Find out just how much you can gain when you start a fitness plan.


15 Reasons to Start Fitness plan
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Starting a fitness plan is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and one of the best things you can do for your health.

But we all know how hard it is to get started or stick with a fitness plan.  Experts tell us that the key to starting and staying with a fitness program is finding our own personal “why?”.  

Once you’ve found your own personal “why?”, it’s time to start.  It takes about 6 weeks to create a habit so choosing a strong “why” is really important.  It will become your motivation to stay focused on your fitness goal.

Use these 15 benefits to help you find your “why”

1. Improves Mood and Promotes Happiness


Improves Mood and promotes happiness
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Who doesn’t want to be in a better mood and be happier?  When we workout or exercise endorphins (the happiness hormones) are released and trigger positive feelings in the body.  Endorphins also work with reactors in your brain to reduce the bodies perception of pain.

2. Can Reduce Your Risk of Chronic Disease


Can reduce your risk of chronic disease
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Exercise is one of the most effective natural ways to reduce the risk of chronic disease.  Exercise prevent diabetes in some people.  Exercise can help diabetics use insulin more effectively to lower blood sugar levels.

3. Improves Heart Health


Improves heart health
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Exercise can reduce or prevent high blood pressure in some people and can raise HDL, “the good cholesterol”.  For people with high blood pressure and heart disease, exercise can lower the risk of dying of heart disease and slow or stop the progression of heart disease.

4. It’s Good for Your Bones


It's good for your bones and muscles
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Bones and muscles both become stronger when muscles push and tug against bones during physical activity, like weight lifting, walking, running and other weight-bearing exercises. Swimming and bicycling are not weight-bearing activities, so they do not directly help build bones. But swimming and bicycling do help build strong muscles, and having strong muscles helps build strong bones.

5. Improves Memory and Brain Health


Improves memory and brain health
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Exercise improves blood flow to the brain and improves memory by stimulating chemical changes in the brain that enhance learning, mood and thinking.

Cardio exercises like running and swimming are thought to be the best type of exercise for brain health because it increases blood flow to the brain as the heart rate increases and pumps more blood.  Other exercises like weight lifting and strength training, may also bring benefits to the brain by increasing the heart rate.

6. Helps to Increase Energy


Helps to increase energy
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All types of exercises or physical activities that increase your heart rate and get the blood flowing, release endorphins.  And thew boost in endorphins helps to raise your energy level. Additionally, exercise promotes good cardiovascular health and a strong healthy heart improves overall energy and stamina.

7. Improves Balance and Coordination


Improves your balance and coordination
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All types of exercises or physical activities that increase your heart rate and get the blood flowing, release endorphins.  And thew boost in endorphins helps to raise your energy level. Additionally, exercise promotes good cardiovascular health and a strong healthy heart improves overall energy and stamina.

8. Helps with Weight Loss Goals


Helps with weight loss goals
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Cardio exercises, like running, fast walking, cycling, rowing, and swimming help burn calories and body fat. To lose weight, you need a calorie deficit.  Meaning you need to burn more calories than you consume or eat fewer calories than your body uses each day.  Muscules also burns more calories than fat, so adding strength training to build muscles will help to accelerate weight loss.

9. Improves self-esteem and self-confidence


Improves self-esteem and self-confidence
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When you have energy, and your brain feels sharp you feel more confident.  Regular exercise can boost your self-confidence and improve your self-esteem. As your strength, skills, and stamina increase your self-image will improve.

10. Improves the Quality of Sleep


Improves the quality of sleep
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According to the National Sleep Foundation, exercise triggers an increase in body temperature, and the post-exercise drop in temperature may promote falling asleep. Exercise may also reduce insomnia by decreasing arousal, anxiety and depressive symptoms. … Finally, exercise may reduce insomnia by its effects on circadian rhythms (body clock).

11. Exercise Helps to Reduce Pain


Exercise helps to reduce pain
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Exercise releases endorphins and they work with reactors in your brain to reduce the bodies perception of pain.  Exercise can help to ease arthritis pain and stiffness by increasing strength and flexibility and reducing joint pain and helps to combat fatigue.

12. Promotes a Sense of Well-being


Promotes a sense of well-being
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Physical activity can help greatly with maintaining mental wellbeing. The endorphins that the brain releases during exercise help to improve mood, energy levels and even sleep. … Exercise can also reduce anxiety.

13. Exercise Helps to Reduce Stress


Helps to reduce stress
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According to the ADAA exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. Meditation, acupuncture, massage therapy, even breathing deeply can cause your body to produce endorphins.

14. Effective in Managing Depression and Anxiety


Effective managing depression and anxiety
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Regular exercise may help ease depression and anxiety by releasing feel-good endorphins, natural cannabis-like brain hormones that promote a sense of well-being.  Exercise also requires focus and takes the mind off problems and worries, and helps to break the pattern of negative thinking.

15. Exercise Boosts Your Immune System


Exercise boosts your immune system
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Physical activity may help remove bacteria from the lungs and airways and may reduce your chance of getting sick. Exercise also causes a change in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC) helping to fight off those nasty bugs.

These 15 reasons should give you a great place to start to understand your “why”.

Beginning anything new is scary and exciting. Harness the excitement and get started on your fitness plan. The key to successfully beginning and, more importantly, sticking with a fitness routine is having a “why”.

What’s your “why?”

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