I’ve had a few “Thank goodness I work out” moments this week. From digging holes and planting shrubbery, to moving large planters around on the porch, to having to carry my 35-pound dog part of the way home from a walk—I’ve appreciated my strength and stamina.
While studies show that exercise plays an important role in promoting sound physical and mental health, more practically, it also adds to quality of life.
From easily carrying in the groceries to dancing for the sheer joy of it, being physically fit allows you to do and be more of Who you want to be.
Ironically, this isn’t one of the many benefits of exercise that is often cited. Too often we focus on the external reasons to exercise—weight loss or maintenance, a healthier heart, reduced risk of high blood pressure, stronger bones and joints, a stronger immune system, etc.
Those reasons are awesome, but alone they may not be enough to get you out of bed to go move your body.
But what about having the energy or stamina to play with your kids or grand-kids? Getting out and enjoying a hike with your family? Taking on a do-it-yourself project around the house? Or doing anything else you might want to do, like going horseback riding, zip-lining, or canoeing?
All of those activities are easier, safer, and more fun if you consistently move your body.
Even small things make a difference to quality of life, for instance being able to easily carry a box to the attic or basement, hauling the laundry basket, or climbing several flights of stairs.
Life is easier—and just more fun—when you have a strong and powerful body that you’ve developed through regular exercise.
How would your quality of life improve if you were in even better physical shape? How could moving your body help you be more of Who you want to be? How can you use those reasons to get your workout in today?
Together we can do it!
3 Benefits of Exercise You Might Have Forgotten About by Cheers to Well-Being
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