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One of the most common excuses to not get started on a daily workout regimen is “I have no time to exercise.” But there are so many reasons why you should! Here are 11 reasons why you should start an exercise program.

Just do it!

  1. It feels good. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins that interact with the receptors in your brain. They trigger a positive feeling in the body similar to that of morphine.
  2. It can reduce pain. Another benefit of endorphins is the reduction of pain perception. Endorphins act as analgesics that help diminish the perception of pain and can act like a sedative.
  3. It improves your sleep. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, exercise has been show to improve the sleep patterns of insomniacs.
  4. It reduces anxiety. Exercise has been proven to lower anxiety in depressed patients. Many studies show that people who exercise regularly benefit with a positive boost in mood and lower rates of depression.
  5. It makes you smarter. According to research at the Korlinski Institute, exercise is also responsible for the creation of new brain cells in the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory.
  6. It gives you confidence. People who exercise regularly have a higher self-esteem. Exercise may lead to physical appearance changes that may lead to higher body satisfaction and in turn leads to greater self esteem.
  7. It strengthens your heart. Cardiovascular exercise helps lower resting heart rate by training the heart to be more efficient. People who exercise regularly are at a lower risk for heart disease.
  8. It reduces your risk of cancer. Due to the circulatory increase from exercise, your body can supply nutrients faster to the body and eliminate toxins which helps reduce the risk of almost every form of cancer.
  9. It helps reduce body fat. Overall, the American population is 68% overweight or obese. Regular exercise helps maintain healthy body weights and is a key component in any weight loss program.
  10. It increases bone density. Weight bearing exercise has been proven to strengthen the bones. When muscles get stronger they pull on the bones, signaling them to become stronger. So even resistance training can help reduce bone loss.
  11. You’ll live longer. Studies show that people who are physically active 30 minutes of more every day live longer than those who are not. That’s the best reason of all!

So get started on a regular exercise program!  For inspiration, check out Workout Pal - a new Womensforum exclusive app that inspires you with simple exercises for any part of the body.  

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