I struggle with exercise. There. I said it. I was not an athletic child. It wasn’t until I started dancing as a teen that I was ever fit. Dance really changed my body because I enjoyed moving so much - It just happened! I was strong and muscular and felt great. I never thought of it as exercise.
Then, I went to college, got married, had a kid. Life took over. These days, working and having a preschooler keeps me busy. Carving out that time to work out was not a priority when I felt like I was struggling to just get through the day.
During the pandemic though, I knew it was the missing piece to being proactive with my health and immune system. I couldn’t say with confidence that I was doing everything to stay well, if I wasn’t exercising. So, armed with that knowledge and the other reasons below, I found new motivation to exercise. Let me tell you - it feels great! I want that for you, too. So, check out these reasons to exercise and find some movement you enjoy!
Kickstart your immune system - exercise keeps your immune system regularly on patrol, resulting in less frequent illness.
Enjoy your body - When you move, you feel how capable your body is. You can do amazing things!
Get strong - Whether you like the strong body look or need to literally do some heavy lifting, being strong is a great reason to exercise.
Condition your heart - The term “cardio” is all about the kind of movement that conditions your heart.
Feel good - Endorphins! Stress relief! Tension release! Yeah!)
Manage Pain - Many types of pain can be improved with the right kind of nourishing, strengthening, releasing movement.
Improve Blood Sugar Control - exercise improves insulin sensitivity in the short and long terms.
Why do you exercise? I’d love to hear what motivates you in the comments.
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