Why Exercise's Rewards Are Too Good to Miss
By Sandy Schroeder
We all know we should exercise daily, but we may or may not actually do so unless we realize how critical the benefits are. The point is exercise’s physical changes make everything in life easier, according to Gina Demillo Wagner in Experience Life magazine. She says, “The heart pumps more efficiently. Circulation gets better. Fatigue disappears, and the body becomes lighter and more compact.”
If you have ever gone from a completely sedentary lifestyle to an active daily routine, you already know the difference. Life starts to look a lot better, and so do you. Losing weight, gaining energy, and feeling more upbeat is hard to top.
The Rewards Are Just Too Good
Wagner says if you pay attention to these benefits you may find exercise to be fairly irresistible.
Confidence soars – The sense of accomplishment that comes with knowing you can do this will keep pulling you back into a daily routine. As you sleep better, wake up with more energy, and enjoy a better body image, exercise may simply become a must.
The heart quickly grows stronger – It will take fewer heartbeats to pump the same amount of blood through the body, making it easier to exercise, and helping you live longer because your heart does not have to work as hard. A stronger heart will also improve your resting heart rate.
Circulation gets an upgrade – When you exercise you stimulate the body’s smallest blood vessels, the capillaries, to create new pathways to carry oxygenated blood through the body. You may feel less fatigued as new lean tissue is created throughout your body. Also, waste will be flushed from the body faster, strengthening your immune system.
Your mitochondria wake up – Mitochondria are like little power plants that process carbohydrates, fats and proteins to generate energy. Fit people develop more of these power plants, increasing metabolism to burn more calories even when they are not exercising. The more energy you have, the more you feel like exercising. And the beat goes on.
Muscle memory – As muscles remember a routine they snap back faster, keeping the body stronger and more resilient.
Pain threshold improves – As you work out more, trainers say you will probably feel less pain. As they said, everything just gets easier and easier.
If these benefits tempt you, get started and test the results. You may keep right on going.
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