You’re constantly being told that you should exercise, but it can be hard to find the time—let alone the motivation! Maybe you don’t have to lose weight. Maybe you realize that the images of women’s bodies you see in magazines are as phony as a three-dollar bill. But the best reasons for getting exercise are not about how you look. There are several health issues that you can treat, or avoid, just by exercising regularly.
- Exercise will keep your heart healthy. Your heart is the hardest working muscle in your body, and any exercise that elevates your heart rate and breathing makes your heart healthier and stronger. And if you have a family history of heart disease, enjoying regular exercise can add a few years to your life.
- Exercise helps relieve stress. And we all have stress! Whether at work or at home, whenever you’re feeling stressed, get up and go for a walk or a bike ride. It’ll help calm you down and use that nervous energy for productive results.
- Exercise plays a major role preventing osteoporosis, a disease that is particularly prevalent in women. Lifting weights, running, yoga and other activities can help delay or even prevent osteoporosis.
- Exercise helps moms set a great example for their children. You’ll be teaching them about self-discipline and demonstrating how to be healthy, and the energy you get from exercise can only help you with parenting!
- Exercise may prevent certain cancers, especially breast cancer. That’s a great reason to do it.
- Exercise will lift your mood! You’ll feel great when you exercise regularly. It releases endorphins into your bloodstream that will help you sail through most of your day.
- Exercise will help you live longer! Research has proven that you can extend your lifespan by exercising regularly.
- Exercise can help you lose weight, or just control and manage it. Either way, you’ll avoid many health problems associated with being overweight.
So, what kind of exercise should you be doing?
Get some cardiovascular exercise for sure, but don’t take it too easy on yourself. If your workouts consist of lifting light weights and slow-paced cardio, you likely won’t get great results. Try:
- High-intensity training – you need to sweat and increase your heart rate.
- Heavier lifting – Doing fewer reps with more weight will burn more fat and increase your strength.
- Focusing on your upper body more often – This is an area that women need to concentrate on building.
And don’t forget, you don’t have to join a gym to get exercise. Walk, run or bike around the block, chase your kids or your dog around the yard, or lift weights while you’re watching TV. As the old slogan said, “Just do it!”
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