Sounds Too Good to be True

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, ‘If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.’ Well, I think I have found something that is too good and is true, if you can believe that.  The benefits received from exercise are indeed too good and quite frankly, are out of this world.

So what’s the catch?  Work, time and effort.  To obtain any of the benefits of exercise work is involved. You have to be disciplined to make the time and put forth the effort to even start the exercise session.  Then exercise itself is a lot of work, especially when as humans we innately want to 1) avoid pain, 2) seek pleasure and 3) conserve energy.  But when you examine all the benefits of exercise it sometimes seems difficult understand why many people don’t take advantage of what exercise has to offer.    The Benefits:

  1. Increased energy: The right combination of exercise and nutrition creates an hormonal environment conducive to fat loss, increased muscle strength and increased energy. When your body is working at peak efficiency, your energy levels soar! Everyday things become much easier to do.
  2. Increased Self-Esteem: Gaining control of your body size and weight through fitness is an amazing way to increase self-esteem. You look better and are more confident which empowers you in everything you do. You will find that the self-discipline required and learned through regular exercise spills over into other areas of your life and you will be better able to make other necessary and desireable changes.
  3. Increase Mental Focus: Did you know that the latest research shows that exercise helps keep the brain sharp well into old age? Anything that involves mental acuity (focus and concentration) is improved. You also stand a much better chance of avoiding such diseases as Alzheimer’s and senility.
  4. Decreased Risk of a Heart Attack: By exercising regularly and making positive changes in your diet, you lower your cholesterol and blood pressure and greatly diminish the chances of having a heart attack.
  5. Decreased Risk of Osteoporosis: Regular exercise, especially weight-bearing exercise, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, and can even reverse it buy building bone tissue!
  6. Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer by up to 60%  Regular exercise may reduce you risk of cancers of the breast, uterus, colon and prostate.
  7. Increased Strength and Stamina: Every physical thing you do becomes easier which is immensely useful in everyday life.
  8. Reduced Depression: The production of Endorphins (Feel good hormones) is increased through exercise. Nothing improves mood and suppresses depression better than those endorphins.
  9. Decreased Stress Levels: The worries and stresses of everyday living (commuting, work demands, conflicts etc.) can stick with you long after the work day is done. Exercise right after work is the perfect natural therapy that can change your mood. You’ll sleep better too!
  10. Well actually, here are another 50 benefits…

  • Improved digestion.
  • Enhances quality of sleep.
  • Adds a sparkle and radiance to complexion.
  • Improves body shape.
  • Tones and firms muscles.
  • Provides more muscular definition.
  • Enables weight loss and keeps it off.
  • Makes you limber.
  • Improves endurance.
  • Burns extra calories.
  • Improves circulation and helps reduce blood pressure.
  • Increases lean muscle tissue in the body.
  • Improves appetite for healthy foods.
  • Alleviates menstrual cramps.
  • Alters and improves muscle chemistry.
  • Increases metabolic rate.
  • Enhances coordination and balance.
  • Improves posture.
  • Eases and possibly eliminates back problems and pain.
  • Makes the body use calories more efficiently.
  • Lowers resting heart rate.
  • Increases muscle size through an increase in muscle fibers.
  • Improves body composition.
  • Increases body density.
  • Decreases fat tissue more easily.
  • Makes body more agile.
  • Is the greatest body tune-up.
  • Reduces joint discomfort.
  • Improves athletic performance.
  • Enriches sexuality.
  • May add a few years to life.
  • Increases your range of motion.
  • Enhances immune system.
  • Improves glycogen storage.
  • Enables the body to utilize energy more efficiently.
  • Increases enzymes in the body which burn fat.
  • Increases the number and size of mitochondria in muscle cells.
  • Increases concentration of myoglobin (carries oxygen in muscles) in skeletal muscles.
  • Enhances oxygen transport throughout the body.
  • Improves liver functioning.
  • Increases speed of muscle contraction and reaction time.
  • Enhances feedback through the nervous system.
  • Strengthens the heart.
  • Improves blood flow.
  • Helps to alleviate varicose veins.
  • Increases maximum cardiac output.
  • Increases contractility of the heart’s ventricles.
  • Increases the weight and size of the heart.
  • Improves contractile function of the whole heart.
  • Makes calcium transport in the heart and body more efficient.

Also keep in mind that mounting evidence suggests that physical activity may have benefits for our brain. Through the past several years, population studies have suggested that exercise which raises your heart rate for at least 30 minutes several times a week can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s. Physical activity appears to inhibit Alzheimer’s-like brain changes in mice, slowing the development of a key feature of the disease.

There you have it,  too good!


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