The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that in a week, you get at least:
- 2.5 hours of cardio or 1.25 hours of vigorous cardio
- 2 days of strength training
What are you getting?
You know you have to hit the gym if you want to stay on track to lose weight, be healthy, and all that jazz, but sometimes (or maybe most times), you just don’t have the will to work out. You’d rather sit on the couch watching tv, plant yourself in front of your computer, or do ANYTHING else that doesn’t require you to sweat. There is a ton of research proving that exercise is really, really good for you. Of course you already knew that, but a little refresher of the top studies will definitely help you get your butt moving.
21. Increased Sex Drive
Hey ladies! Feeling not-so-sexy these days?
Get to the gym — studies published in both the Annals of Behavioural Medicine and Journal of Abnormal Psychology show that exercise increases sexual arousal, even if you’re taking antidepressants.
20. Fight Off Depression and Anxiety
Studies published in the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry show that working out on a regular basis can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Making them less severe.
19. Prevents and Manages Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetologia, Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, and CDC all report that physical activity is a great way to prevent and manage Type 2 Diabetes.
That’s pretty important, considering that the disease affects at least one out of three Americans in their lifetime.
18. Increases Good Cholesterol and Lowers Bad Cholesterol
A Sports Medicine study and a Sports Medicine review article state that exercise may play an important role in increasing your levels of ‘good’ cholesterol in your body, while at the same time lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol.
That’s good news for your heart!
17. Reduces Airway Inflammation
If you’ve got asthma, you may have been told to stay away from the gym.
But with your doctor’s approval, you may need to reconsider that bad advice: studies published by the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and Mayo Clinic have found that exercising is actually good for asthmatics because it can reduce airway inflammation.
16. Builds Strong Bones
The National Institute on Aging and Paediatrics both report that strength training can help you build strong bones.
Ladies, take note: pumping iron has also been linked to a lower risk of osteoporosis.
15. Gives You Higher Levels of Vitamin D
In a study published by Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, it was found that people who exercise vigorously have higher levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D helps not just your bones, but also your mood, making you feel happier.
This is probably because you’ll probably spend more time out in the sun if you’re a rigorous exerciser.
14. Burns Calories, So You Can Feel More Alive
This doesn’t need much explanation, does it, but we’ll still give you the word from the Mayo Clinic: the more physical activity you get in your day, the more calories you burn.
When your body works as it’s intended to, you feel more alive and vibrant.
13. Improves Effectiveness of Your Cardiovascular System and Lowers Heart Disease Risk
The Canadian Medical Association Journal and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine have proven that when you exercise, your cardiovascular system is more effective at doing its job.
Plus, you’ll be at a lower risk of heart disease. But don’t think you have to go hardcore to gain the benefits — even low-impact exercises like yoga work.
12. Relieves Stress
Get moving regularly.
You’ll notice a decrease in your stress levels, so say the folks at the Mayo Clinic and American Psychological Association.
11. Even Short Bursts of Intense Cardio Can Help You Lose Weight
You don’t need to devote a precious hour of your life at the gym if you want to lose weight. If you’re too busy, break up your workout and go for a few minutes of INTENSE cardio throughout the day.
A study conducted by Rutgers exercise scientist Shawn Aren’t for the Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism states that even that can help you shed fat.
10. Improves Agility and Balance
As you get older, your body gets less agile and physically capable. Add that to increasingly brittle bones, and you have a recipe for disaster. Falls are a serious problem for seniors, and they’re one of the most common reasons for hospitalization.
The organization, NIH Senior Health, recommends that you get some exercise and strength training to improve your balance, thereby minimizing your risk of falling and other injuries.
9. Increases Your Immunity
Even though scientists can’t prove why, the U.S. National Library of Medicine (A.D.A.M.) reports that regular exercise can increase your immunity.
So you won’t get sick as often as non-exercisers once flu season arrives.
8. Improves Your Memory
Forgot why you were reading this? You probably don’t get enough exercise then.
The British Journal of Sports Medicine reports that regular aerobic exercise can improve your memory maintenance.
7. Helps You Live Longer
The CDC reports that staying fit by exercising regularly and eating well will help you live longer.
A study shows that if you’re active for at least seven hours a week, you’re 40% less likely to die when you’re young than if you were to only exercise for 30 minutes or less.
6. Reduces the Risk of Some Cancers
An active lifestyle is associated with a reduced risk of some cancers, according to the American Cancer Society.
Did you know that one-third of all cancers in the country are linked to a poor diet and lack of exercise? A scary fact that will no doubt get you off your butt.
5. Reduces Your Risk of Workplace Burnout
There’s a reason why a lot of companies these days have gyms on site and exercise programs.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that exercise can reduce your risk of getting burnt out at your job.
4. Improves Self Esteem and Confidence Levels
Don’t care about getting burnt out at work? Well, how about improved self esteem and confidence, instead?
That’s what regular exercise can do for you.
3. Alleviates ADHD
Pediatric Exercise Science and Neurotoxicity Research report that getting regular exercise can help alleviate the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
More commonly known as ADHD.
2. Helps You Sleep Better
Having problems sleeping? A good workout will help you get your Z’s, according to the Mayo Clinic.
And don’t be afraid to work out in the evening, either. Anything is better than nothing.
1. Boosts Endorphins
Feel that buzz as soon as you finish a good workout? That buzz is caused by your body releasing endorphins, the “feel good” hormone. Aging & Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Current Opinion in Psychiatry all agree that regular exercise makes you happy, and your good mood doesn’t just last for a few minutes — it can last for hours and days.
So, what are you waiting for? Go on out there and start reaping these benefits!
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