The benefits of exercise are far reaching, and cannot be overstated. This is why continued progress in improving your fitness level is a key component of our roadmap to rebuilding and reclaiming your health and quality of life.
Let us be very clear. This isn’t about going from couch surfer to running a marathon (though there’s no reason you couldn’t make that a goal). We are encouraging you to start simple and take your current fitness level up a notch or two. If you are sedentary, then start with a 30-minute walk a few times a week. If you are fairly fit for your age, but know that you have room for improvement, then shake things up and get after it. Find something or a combination of things that you enjoy, and do it 4-6 days a week. Seek balance between cardiovascular and resistance training, perhaps alternating daily between the two. Join a gym. Hire a trainer. Buy a bike. Order a home fitness program. Just do something. And do it now. No excuses.
Make fitness a habit. Like all new habits, good or bad, daily repetition leads to a craving that needs to be fed daily. Why not make exercise that new habit? Fitness is a lifestyle choice, and is an effective anti-aging strategy. It is also a far better solution to your “mid-life crisis” than any combination of sports cars, gold chains, and co-eds. I suspect that your spouse or significant other will heartily agree. Just ask.
Still not swayed? Let’s talk ROI. When you exercise, the return on investment or payoff is spectacular:
- Improved endurance
- Increased energy
- Increased strength
- Improved immune system function
- Increased regeneration of healthy cells
- Improved muscle tone
- Reduced stress level
- Improved sleep
- Improved mental clarity
- Improved mood and outlook
- Reduced body fat
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower resting heart rate
- Improved self-esteem
- Increased engagement with life
- More fun!
In addition, through exercise you flood your body with “feel-good” chemicals such as dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin and adrenaline, which then remain elevated in your blood stream for up to 24 hours. Not a bad deal, eh?
If you are still equivocating on committing to taking your fitness level up a notch or two, please understand the power of old habits, remember why you are here with us at XY Wellness, and then take two of the above benefits particularly to heart: increased regeneration of healthy cells, and improved immune system function.
If that does not do the trick, then nothing will. Since every day presents us with a new opportunity to further improve our health and quality of life, let’s take full advantage of it and get moving. You will be glad that you did. And we are glad to help you.