I work with a lot of women who have NO desire to exercise. They just don’t enjoy it and therefore see NO benefit in physical activity. But there is plenty of research out there to prove otherwise!
1. Release Feel Good Endorphins
One Study (1) followed 150 men and women participants, who were diagnosed with medical depression, for sixteen weeks. By the end of the sixteen weeks, 60 to 70 percent of the subjects couldn’t even be classified as having depression. Even better, a follow-up to the study found that the effects from the exercise lasted longer than those from the medication. I can say from my own personal experiences with postpartum depression and seasonal affective disorder that since starting my own exercise routine more than four years ago I’ve been able to go off of my own dose of anti-depressant prescription medications. For those of us who are medically depressed, we often have no desire to exercise. The “feel good” endorphins that exercise releases is even more important for people like you and me!
2. It boosts creativity
I work with a lot of small business owners, artists, musicians and writers. We need the creative juices to flow for our businesses to grow! The next time writer’s block hits or you need new ideas for your next project, try taking a quick stroll around the block. A recent study (2) found that walking improved both convergent and divergent thinking, the two types associated with enhanced creativity. While you may feel like you can’t afford to take the time to exercise, it may end up costing you MORE in productivity if you don’t!
3. It strengthens your heart.
It may feel like your heart is thumping itself right out of your chest during those TurboFire HIITs, but your heart will thank you later. As shown in a report (3) from the American Heart Association, exercise strengthens your heart muscle as well as reduces your risk of heart disease and other related conditions. So the next time you’re sweating through a tough workout, just imagine it’s LOVE you’re sending to your body.
4. Tame Those Temptations
They don’t call it a “runner’s high” for nothing! Whether you’re addicted to sugar, cigarettes, or even drugs, exercise could play an important role in resisting your substance of choice. In one study, scientists found that the endorphin rush released during exercise acts on the same neural pathways as addictive substances. The result? Mice in this study opted for the treadmill over the high from an amphetamine-laced solution, suggesting that humans could do the same.
5. Your Life Depends On it!
Metabolic syndrome is a real concern. This is increased blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and excessive fat around the waist. To help prevent this, you want HIGH intensity. On a scale of 1-10, you want to work at a 6, three to four days a week and at an 8 at least three days a week! Use interval training to take your heart rate up and down. TurboFire is a great way to get your HIITs (high intensity interval training) without having to leave your house! Exercise reduces your risk for other disease too: cancer, heart disease, lung disease and more.
6. Adds years to your life and LIFE to your years
Here I go again with this research stuff! Studies(4) show people who exercise feel happier, more excited, and energy! Additionally, people who exercise live longer and lead a better quality life during those years. And you don’t have to spend 7 days a week or workout for hours on end. The study revealed that simply 3 days a week of exercising for 50 minutes is sufficient. You can also workout 5 days a week for 30 minutes.
7. Changes Your Focus
Instead of focusing on body image, exercise helps you to focus on skills and achievement. Builds an attitude of gratitude! Think about what your body is capable of doing. Just like us moms are amazed by the process of growing a human (what a miracle, right!?) we should be just as amazed at being able to do more lunges that we could 30 days ago or being able to run 5 minutes longer. Focus on PROGRESS not perfection and each day you will get stronger and better.
8. Strengthens Bones
Many of us women are familiar with osteoporosis. We make sure we get enough calcium, but how many of us make sure to exercise enough to prevent osteoporosis? Most of us don’t even think about exercising to strengthen our bones. Researchers found that adults who exercised had better bone density than those who exercised little or not at all. To add to this, adults who quit exercising later in life lost bone mass even if they’d exercised regularly in their teen or young adult years. .
9. Makes You a Role Model
We don’t often think about how our habits will impact others, but more often than not – people are watching us! Maybe it is our children, siblings, parents, aunts, friends, etc….and sometimes those people whom we love are just watching. Observing. Learning. Being inspired. Your exercise encourages others! By encouraging others, YOU can change their life.10. Eases Chronic Pain
As someone who lives with an autoimmune disorder, I get chronic pain. There are days when I don’t want to get out of bed. Times when just walking feels like it is taking every ounce of energy I have. Days I want to do nothing. Despite how I feel, I now know that I need to MOVE! Research shows (5) that a moderate exercise program gives both short-term and long-term improvements for people who have chronic pain, even if the underlying condition remains. This means that a simple walk is going to help us. A low impact program like PiYo is also a great option.
If you are struggling with wanting to exercise, but know that you need help to get motivated, schedule your free consultation today!