Energize Your Exercise!


Many people view exercise as an activity that burns calories, which results in weight loss. Thus, the focus is on physique or the way our bodies look. While calorie burning is certainly valuable, there are many more benefits from exercise.

However, very few actually “enjoy” exercise during the moment. It can be difficult to maintain the strain of huffing and puffing for 30 minutes or more. But, there’s a hidden benefit to working out. Dedicated exercise helps convince your mind that you’re serious about achieving your goals. You intend to stay at an ideal weight. You’re going to watch what you eat and not eat. Consistent exercise helps provide emotional reinforcement.

Additional benefits to exercise include lowering blood pressure, strengthening your heart, and reducing incidence of diabetes, dementia, and certain cancers. Consider these motivating statistics. I promise that they will help energize your exercise!

  • About 70 percent of the strength you lose as you age is due to a decline in physical activity.
  • Anaerobic exercise is important for balance, movement, coordination and overall agility. It also protects your bones and bone density.
  • Jogging increases life expectancy of men by 6.2 years and of women 5.6 years.
  • Rehabilitation after a cardiac event with exercise resulted in approximately a 27 percent less chance of having another cardiac event.
  • Those who exercised the most had a 48 percent lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Physical activity is associated with a 20% – 30% reduction in the risk of colon cancer.
  • Women reduce their risk of breast cancer by a fourth with 20 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity at least five times a week.






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