Why You Must Exercise

14 Benefits of Exercise

Why You Must ExerciseI hope I’m preaching-to-the-choir when I tell you exercise is a MUST.

If you’re already convinced of the merits of exercise then skip ahead to the next blue heading, otherwise if you’re still unsure exercise is worth your time then read these scientifically proven benefits of exercise and how they relate to losing fat.

Exercise Helps You Lose Fat

Biochemistry 101: When you exercise you burn calories. And the more intense the exercise, the more calories you burn. Not just during, but after the exercise too.

The wonderful thing about losing weight is, the more weight you lose the easier it is to lose weight. We’ve already discovered in this book that by getting your weight under control, the many delicate systems at work in your body begin to function properly and simply due to this fact, maintaining your weight becomes much, much easier.

And exercise does not have to come solely from time specifically designated for exercise.

  • How about walking to the corner shop instead of driving
  • Or taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Or going for a walk instead of channel surfing for 20-minutes when there’s nothing to watch on TV? It all adds up.

Exercise Improves Your Mood

Exercise is known stimulate the release of brain chemicals like serotonin that increase feelings of happiness and calmness.

Knowing this it’s not surprising to hear exercise has also been shown to prevent and help-recovery from depression.

Compound these effects with an improved physical appearance and you have all the ingredients of Mind (self-image) and Spirit (self-esteem) for very successful weight loss when combined with proper diet.

Exercise Prevents Disease

Diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol… you name it, there are very few diseases and health issues of the human body that are not prevented or improved with regular exercise.

Exercise Makes You More Energetic

Exercise improves your energy levels for a myriad of reasons including:

  • Increased oxygenation of your blood
  • Increased blood flow carrying oxygen and nutrients to your body cells
  • Improved cardio-vascular function
  • Increased number of mitochondria (energy making machine) in your muscle cells and much more.

So “I’m too tired to exercise” is a lame excuse. Sure it may be a little tough the first few times but your body will physiologically adapt and you will very literally have increased energy availability.

Personally I notice I begin feeling tired if I MISS workouts.

Bottom line is, increased energy levels means you have a faster metabolism and your body is burning more calories à result: fat loss!

TIP: some exercises are much better than others, more on that soon.

Exercise Improves Sleep Quality and Duration

Exercise has been long prescribed as a very effective tool to overcome insomnia and other sleeping disorders.

Not only does it help reduce stress, restlessness and nervousness, it also causes a higher body temperature peak. The importance of a higher peak is when you get into bed, your body temp will fall deeper and faster than if you hadn’t exercised….

Bottom line is you sleep deeper with fewer interruptions.

But don’t exercise too close to bed time because it takes several hours for your body temp to come down far enough for a good night’s rest.

The great thing about consistent good sleep is fat loss becomes much easier. For me personally, improving my sleep patterns and getting more rest was one of the most powerful things I did to get rid of my fat.

Even More Benefits

I could go on and on about the benefits of exercise and how they directly or indirectly lead to fat loss, but I think you get the picture, I’ll list a few more benefits of exercise quickly which specifically improve your appearance:

  • Improved muscle tone
  • Improved posture
  • Improved flexibility
  • Improved complexion
  • Improved skin tone
  • Reduced varicose veins
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Improved body composition (muscle to fat ratio)
  • Reduced body measurements
  • And more!

With all these wonderful benefits of exercise, do you really need any more convincing to do it? If you want to lose weight, exercise is needed, and that’s all she wrote.

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avatar About the Author: Muz Hughes is a regular single dad that has cracked the code to fast and long term weight loss. His 4-Step Formula is not a diet but a lifestyle, a sustainable way of living that results in the body you want and greater health and happiness from just 4 simple steps.

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