The Importance of Exercise

June 21st, 2013

Sometimes I feel that these things have been repeated endlessly, but when it comes to good advice, I don’t think that it can be shared too many times. The benefits of exercise are numerous, but let me summarize.

1. Weight control
Often people think that dieting will make them lose weight. This may be true, but it really cannot be without exercise. It helps you to maintain a healthy weight and have good muscle tone. When you do physical activity you are burning calories, and this does not mean actually going to the gym, or putting on a pair of athletic shoes. Just by staying active can you help contribute to your health of your body.

2. Staying Healthy and Disease Free
While it is never a guarantee that you will not get sick because you  exercise, you greatly decrease the risk of getting sick or many other health problems. Some of these include heart disease, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular diseases. Just by staying healthy, you can decrease your risk of a wide range of health concerns.

3. Improving your Mood
Have you ever heard of the “runner’s high”? I have been a runner for much of my life, and while running a marathon is not all too exciting, there is a point when you get a burst of endorphins. Exercise overall improves your mood by stimulating various areas in your brain to release chemicals. You will be more relaxed, happy, and confident about your appearance. Not only will you start to look great, but your self-esteem will improve.

4. Increasing Your Energy
This may seem like a backwards concept, but it is true! Exercise boosts your energy! You will feel revitalized after you exercise, and in the long run, you will be more physically fit so that your normal daily activities are not so tiring.

5. Increasing Your Mental Focus
Exercise stimulates your brain and  increases the efficiency of how  blood  flows through your brain. In addition to increasing your energy and improving your mood, it has shown to also help with mental focus, sharpen your senses and brain and improve your concentration.

If someone told you that you could gain all these benefits and more by doing a simple thing, why wouldn’t you listen? Start doing an easy thing like exercise and other things will fall in place.

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Dr.Mooney is a life coach, published author, co-director and owner of Karner Psychological Associates (KPA), which was established in 1987, with offices in Guilderland, East Greenbush, and Clifton Park. He has worked with numerous well-known companies, including General Electric, Freihofer's, Key Bank, St.Peters Hospital, and more.

2 Comments to “The Importance of Exercise”

  1. I need to lose weight! Excellent write-up. I definitely appreciate this site. Stick with it!

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    Terry Mooney Ph.D. Reply:

    Go for the gold.

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