Looking Good is Only One Benefit of Exercise
By Aris Akavan, ACE CPT, BS MIS
I often hear that people who exercise are vain and they exercise to look good. There might be some truth to that but who doesn’t want to feel good about themselves? Usually these comments are from non-exerciser, but any regular exerciser can negate these vanity comments by listing the numerous benefits provided by exercise, because looking and feeling good is only one benefit.
Benefits of Exercise
Various studies have shown that regular exercise can improve mood in people with mild to moderate depression and may even help those with severe depression. Exercise, even a simple walk, increases endorphins which elevate mood and reduce anxiety. In addition to improving your mood, regular exercise lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, helps control diabetes, protects against heart disease and cancer, promotes better sleep and boosts self-esteem.
Simple Ways to Increase Exercise
The most common excuse for not exercising is “I don’t have the time.” Work fitness into the family schedule. If you drive the kids to football practice, bike or walk there instead. Take the family to an indoor rock-climbing wall. If you like to volunteer combine it with exercise by volunteering to walk dogs for an animal shelter, signing up for a cleanup day at the local park or by mowing the lawn for someone who is unable.
Jamie Milnes, trainer to the stars, says “train for a specific goal in mind. Whether it is winning a tennis match, losing weight for a reunion, or running your first 5k, having a goal will elevate your motivation and increase your commitment.” To get motivated and disassociate from feelings of fatigue during a workout watch television, read a book, converse with a friend , listen to music, find an interesting surrounding or participate in something new.
You can get all these benefits with only 30 min of moderate exercise on most days of the week. A combination of cardiovascular and strength training is ideal and if time is the problem, break down the sessions into three 10 minutes ones. That is very little time investment for the many rewards your mind and body receives.
About the Author
Aris Akavan, ACE certified Personal Trainer & Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach, is owner of Body Fitness by Aris. Her mission is to assist others in leading a healthier lifestyle by balancing exercise and proper eating habits to achieve the ultimate body & mind wellness. Aris leads by example as she practices what she preaches. She leads an alcohol free and smoke free lifestyle and has worked out while following proper nutrition practices for over 10 years. In the last few years she also started participating in 5k races, adventure runs and triathlons. You can visit Aris at any of her following:
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