Why Exercise?

This month we are focusing on the different aspects of overall health.  You’ve heard from Coach Sam about stress management and Coach Nate gave you some great nutrition information.  I’d like to talk to you about exercise.  

Running. Walking. Jogging. Swimming. Yoga. CrossFit. Weight Lifting. Sports. There are so many different ways to exercise and these listed are just a few.  Whether you have a love for just one or like to dabble in lots of different activities, the benefits of exercise are without question.  Here are 5 of the many benefits to exercising.  

  1. Boost Energy:  It may seem counterintuitive that causing fatigue in your muscles can give you energy, but it is true.  While exercising, oxygen and other nutrients are sent to tissues and organs throughout your body.  This helps your body “machinery” work more efficiently and results in having more energy.
  2. Better Sleep:  This isn’t because you’re so exhausted from an exercise session that you pass out.  It has to do with an increase in body temperature and your circadian rhythm.  Also, some studies have shown regular exercise will increase the amount of deep sleep you fall into throughout the night.
  3. Improved Mood:  Yes! All those burpees and wall balls will make you smile!  When we exercise there are chemicals released in our brain that leave you feeling happy and/or more relaxed.  I’ve heard from numerous athletes how they felt blah before a workout and so much better afterwards.
  4. Decreased health problems:The percentage of people in the US and the world who have health issues has significantly increased over the past few decades.  Whether it’s a few pounds, or a lot of pounds, you’re trying to lose or a family history of cardiac problems or cancer you’d like to avoid regular exercise can help in these areas.  It can work as a preventative measure but can also help you recover more quickly if you do experience an ailment.
  5. Increased Social Support: CrossFit and especially CFUE illustrate this benefit.  Whether you are new to the area or just looking to meet some new people group exercise is a great option.  Not only is there accountability, but having someone cheer you on during that last round can really make you push yourself.  

Whether you struggle in one of these areas or all of them I challenge you to get in some sort of regular exercise.  During my 37 weeks of pregnancy I have been able to, and chosen to, stay active and exercise and reaped all of the above benefits.  If you’ve been out of the gym for a while or decreased your frequency there is no better time than NOW to start.     



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