Why do we exercise?

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Why exercise? Everybody says “exercise is good” or “exercise is good for your health”. And for some people that answer is good enough to get up and go to the gym, better yet – run to the gym. But some people think “it’s hard, tiring, sweaty, why should i?” Well let’s see why…

1. Exercise keeps you in a good shape. Helps to lose excessive weight, tone up, and even gain weight if you need it. Besides, who doesn’t want to be good-looking?!

2. Exercise improves mood. Surprising, but true! Intense exercise increases the release of such chemicals in your body as endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine, which make you feel happier and more relaxed. So in times, when you feel stressed, go for a run or lift some weights, you will feel better. And, don’t you just want to smile when see your perfect body in the mirror?!

3. Exercise fights disease. You already know that exercise gets you in a great shape, but the payoffs are far greater than looks. Exercise reduces the risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer, feelings of depression and anxiety. Helps control weight, build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints. Helps older adults become stronger and better, able to move about without falling. And finally and most importantly, exercise prolongs life.

4. Exercise boosts energy level. Feeling tired and sleepy all the time? Don’t even think about sitting on the couch, put your workout clothes on and head to the gym! Our body releases endorphins during exercise. This hormone helps us perform better, gives us strength. Exercise improves muscle strength and endurance. The more we exercise the stronger we get.

President Theodore Roosevelt was one of the strongest people – physically and mentally. However he didn’t start that way. When he was twelve years old his father told him:

“You have the mind, but you have not the body, and without the help of the body the mind can not go as far as it should. You must make the body.”Image

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