4 Reasons to start exercising today
Wake up, go to work, go home, sleep, repeat. If this sounds familiar to you, you’re not alone. The majority of the US population lives a fairly sedentary lifestyle primarily due to work. The majority of those same people know that they should make an effort to become more active, but find it difficult to make the time or find the motivation. Everyone has a beginning in their fitness journey and getting started can be the hardest part. Everyone knows exercise is an important part of overall health and the positive physical changes that come with it, but we want to share a few exercise benefits that might just give you the motivation you need to get started today.
1) Exercising is scientifically proven to improve your mood. It is even used as a treatment for those who suffer with depression in combination with medication. High-intensity exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel happy. Harvard Health reports that sustained low-intensity exercise “spurs the release of proteins called neurotrophic or growth factors, which cause nerve cells to grow and make new connections. The improvement in brain function makes you feel better.” For Michigan residents who are currently making their way through Third Winter, exercising can be a great way to escape the seasonal blues!
2) Exercise can protect your eyes against age-related vision loss. Almost everywhere we go now, we’re reading off of screens. It’s the reality of our current society, but it may not be the healthiest for our eyes. Good news is that regular cardiovascular exercise can help! Scientists have found across multiple studies that active participants kept twice as many retinol neurons as sedentary participants. The same effect has been shown in animals as well. So do yourself and your dog a favor, and go for a run together!
3) Working out now will save you significant money in the long run. Sometimes it’s difficult to justify the cost of a gym membership or new running shoes, but investing in your health now will save you more than double in health costs in the long run. Johnson & Johnson discovered that when they invested in the health of their employees, they saw a return of $2.71 for every dollar spent. So many of us budget on a month by month basis, but with something as major as your health and well-being, it’s best to think long term.
4) Exercise will help you have a quality night’s sleep. Most of us don’t get the recommended hours of sleep, or when we do, it’s disrupted or restless. Sleep is super important for recovery and even for weight loss, but for many, actually being able to sleep well is a problem. Studies have shown that individuals who exercise regularly are more alert during the day and experience higher quality sleep at night.