Exercise, why even do it? Whether you like it or not it’s the only way we can burn the excess stores of energy we have accumulated over the years, otherwise known as fat. Our body has stored it but thankfully it can get rid of it too and in order to do that, you’ve got to move. It’s the only way your lean muscle tissue can grab the surrounding fat to burn as energy.
Exercise prolongs your life and keeps your heart healthy. Don’t forget that the heart itself is a muscle and needs exercise too. That’s why you should resist taking the easy way by going to those spas that claim you can lose weight by doing nothing other than sweating.
Sure you lose inches but they find their way like a magnet back onto your body with the next glass of water you drink. Resist gimmicks, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Exercise, get your heart rate going, it’s the best thing you can do for yourself and your heart will thank you for it.
Exercise also releases your body's natural feel good chemicals known as endorphins (a combination of the words endogenous and morphine) which naturally relieve stress. Endorphins are thought to be as powerful as morphine yet they are not addictive and are produced naturally within the body. They are also the body’s natural pain relief.
Exercise has so many additional benefits including increased agility and stamina, improved memory and reaction time, increase bone density, keeps your arteries supple and flexible for blood to flow through. Reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Stronger immune system and deeper, restful sleep.
Exercise helps you to live longer, people who do 45 to 60 minutes of exercise 5 or more times per week will generally live longer than those who don’t.
I don’t know about you but that builds a pretty strong case in favour of exercise in my mind.
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My name is Dave Hagger, founder of Seriously Fit Bootcamp
As a fitness professional I frequently meet people who want to lose weight but just have no idea where to start.