I don’t just market and advertise within the exercise and fitness industry. I actually live and breathe the lifestyle too. Countless studies indicate that regular exercise has the potential to extend longevity (and also improve the overall quality of life in those later years!).
Exercise is the magic pill we all want and crave. And this is why I’m so passionate about it—and about helping fitness organizations help others lead fulfilling and long-lasting lives.
So, let’s take a moment and appreciate exercise for all it is. Instead of approaching physical activity as another “chore” or “to-do,” let’s be grateful we have the opportunity to move our bodies and proactively improve our health and longevity. How does exercise extend our lives? What can we focus on to make exercise a habit (like brushing our teeth) instead of a chore?
Research indicates that regular exercise can help lower the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer. With heart disease and cancer at the top of the list of the leading causes of death, this should be motivation alone to get that exercise habit going.
On top of this, countless other studies also demonstrate a significant reduction in depression symptoms with the incorporation of exercise. In other words, physical activity enhances our longevity and also enhances our quality of life.
Then, there’s the never-ending list of other benefits that exercise offers, such as improved respiratory and cardiovascular function, increased muscle mass (translating into better metabolic health and easy weight maintenance), improved bone health, and improved function and movement for performing daily activities or tasks.
While I could go on about all of these benefits, it’s also important to note that exercise alone isn’t the answer to good health. A balanced, healthy, and whole foods diet is the other half of the equation, giving way to optimal health and well-being.
So now that we’ve got the benefits out of the way, I wanted to offer a few tricks and tips I’ve learned over the years when it comes to building regular exercise habits. Here are some things I’ve learned:
Lastly, remind yourself that this isn’t just about getting fit or looking fit. Exercise is about looking after yourself and your physical and mental health. It can add years to your life! Who doesn’t want that?