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It's Time to Prioritize Exercise!

By Donna Stark

Have you gone from working out every day of the week to feeling lucky if you can just take a walk over the weekend? And if so, do you find yourself wondering how in the world you ever got to that point? You already know that exercise is good for you, and since you have demonstrated a commitment to fitness in the past, it should be fairly easy to get back on that path of optimal health and wellness. But just in case you have forgotten, here are some of the top reasons why exercise should once again be a priority in your life. Take a look.

Better Sleep

If you have trouble relaxing and falling asleep at night try some moderate exercise. For many, exercise can be as effective as a sleeping pill ... and it's more natural too! Just be sure to exercise during the day and not too close to bedtime as the release of endorphins might keep you up.

Sharper Memory

Daily, physical activity increases the production of cells in the area of the brain that is responsible for memory and learning. As a result, your memory skills can become sharper and the ability to learn new things can increase.

More Energy and Productivity

Just about any type of exercise will help to increase your energy levels, but you need to do it consistently. Exercise can also boost cardiovascular health which, in turn, can give you greater endurance and stamina throughout the day.

Reduced Stress

Regular exercise is one of the best and most effective ways to manage stress and anxiety. During exercise, your brain releases endorphins, which serve as your body's "feel-good" chemicals. But the most obvious thing about exercise is that it gives you something else to focus your attention on.

Improved Wellness

Last, but not least, exercise can help you live longer. Daily exercise helps lower blood pressure, manage weight, maintain healthy bones and joints, decrease illness, and reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. 

Find What You Like

The key to success is finding something that you enjoy and will stick with, and as you already know, there are plenty of options that you can choose from. Just be sure to stay consistent with your fitness plan. You don't want to go more than two days without some form of exercise. And if you find it hard to commit to things, ask a friend, get your significant other involved, or hire a personal trainer to help hold you accountable. You've done this before, you can definitely do it again!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Killeen, Tex.

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