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Paige Waehner

Health Benefits of Exercise

By February 6, 2013

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My clients find it extremely annoying when I remind them about all of the benefits of exercise. It's kind of like reminding someone how many calories are in a piece of chocolate cake just before they take a big bite.

Being reminded of the health benefits of exercise often generates guilt as we wonder - Are my arteries clogging right now just because I skipped my workout this morning? Are those pushups I keep skipping some guarantee against osteoporosis?

That said, if you can forget about the guilt for a moment, it's pretty amazing what exercise can do for your body...and it doesn't have to be pushups or marathon training. Even a 10-minute walk can benefit us, and most of us can find the time/energy for at least that much.

And, it isn't just physical. Exercise helps in all areas of life, from physical to psychological and even, in some cases, spiritual. Find out more about all the things exercise can do for you and then think about your situation. Has exercised helped you in some way, beyond weight loss? How has your quality of life improved with exercise? Leave a comment and inspire us with your stories about how exercise has improved your health.

Comments
February 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm
(1) scout says:

While I’ve lost pounds and inches, I’ve also gained a lot of muscle, which surprised me for my age. I have a lot more energy, I’m happier, my knees don’t hurt at all anymore during workouts and my endurance is through the roof. Even in my 20′s I never ran 5 miles and now I can run it effortlessly. In addition to cardio and strength training, I do yoga daily, which has restored my flexibility and then some. It also calms my mind, as the focus on breath really does clear your racing mind from all of the other distractions that keep us so frantic these days.
The very biggest side benefit of exercise for me, is that I will remain vital and retain my quality of life during my older years because of the habits I am forming now.

February 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm
(2) FitnessOver50 says:

The list of benefits that come from exercising is endless.

When, I am not in the mood to exercise – happens in the winter – I still have to take my 2 dogs for a walk. We go for 30 minutes each day.

Even walking helps.

Peter
FitnessOver50

March 9, 2010 at 4:38 am
(3) Jaxon says:

In the process of earning money, people fail to care about the fitness of their body. This will lead to serious problems.

February 6, 2013 at 9:24 am
(4) Irwin says:

I am 64 years old. All my friends are on blood pressure, cholesterol, blood thinner medicine, etc., except for the few that are in ‘shape’.

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