There are many benefits to exercise and weight loss is only one of them. Weight loss is generally the result you see, and the one that everyone compliments you on, but there is a lot more going on than just what you can see on the surface. Exercise could be your key to better health and a longer life, if it were a pill; it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs on the market!
#1 Did you know exercise reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes? Incorporating both aerobic physical activity >150 minutes/week and strength training >60 minutes/week into your exercise routine generates the best results; potentially lowering your risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 70%.
#2 Have you heard exercise lowers the risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease? Perhaps you did, but forgot. You can keep your memory sharp with a regular exercise program.
#3 Are you aware exercise reduces anxiety and stress? If you are too busy to exercise then that is one more reason why it's important to make the time. Exercise will help build your confidence and is a great method for releasing mental stress before it becomes all consuming.
#4 Could you benefit from exercise if it reduces chronic pain? Have a chat to your GP and/or an Exercise Physiologist, as the correct exercise program could reduce your daily pain levels.
#5 Have you been reminded lately that exercise can reduce risk of coronary heart disease? Along with a healthy diet, exercise is key to keeping your heart pumping strong. Remember if it stops, you stop.
#6 Did you know exercise can be just as effective as some blood pressure medications when it comes to lowering high blood pressure? Obviously consult your GP first before beginning any new exercise program, but regardless of whether or not you are already taking medication to reduce high blood pressure, don't leave without at least exploring the possibility of an exercise program for treatment with your GP.
Exercise does help you lose weight and keep it off, but it also does a lot more. This is only 6 more benefits to exercise, the list goes on!
If you are not keeping active, you are risking far too much.