While fitness is common enough in the industry, there are some things you may not know about this topic. In fact, here are six reasons why fitness is so much more than looking good.

1) While getting thin is the most common reason for being active, it’s not the most important one. Being physically active is a great way to reduce stress and improve your mental well-being. It helps you feel more relaxed and ready to tackle life’s daily battles. In fact, fitness helps elevate moods by releasing hormones that give you that “feel good feeling”, thus decreasing mental health episodes.

When it’s that time of the month, being physically active helps reduce PMS symptoms, such as depression and anger. Women who exercised 60 minutes, three times a week saw an improvement in their anger and depressive episodes.

So, the next time you feel life getting you stressed, try going for a walk, give dancing a try or better yet, do some yoga exercises. By doing this, you’re not only ridding your body stress but adding endurance and flexibility to your life.

2) Regular fitness helps improve the heart’s ability to function effectively. It decreases your resting heart rate, thus putting less work on the heart supplying nutrient-rich blood to the body. When paired with a healthy diet, fitness helps prevent plaque build-up in the arteries, which helps prevent heart disease.

According to the American Heart Association, “exercising 30 minutes a day, five days a week will improve your heart health and reduce your risk of heart disease.” The American Heart Association also states that “exercising strengthens the heart muscle, as well as reduces the risk of heart disease and other related conditions.”

3) Fitness helps improve the brain’s functioning ability. It helps fend off memory loss and helps keep brain skills, such as vocabulary retrieval strong. Studies show that the elderly who remain active (gardening, cleaning, etc.) scored better on cognitive functioning tests than those who remained sedentary.

4) For many, the conceiving process can seem impossible, but exercising regularly can help with this issue. In fact, being physically active helps with fertility issues. For men, it helps with erectile dysfunction, and Harvard researchers concluded that “men who exercised had a higher concentration of sperm in their semen and a better quality sperm.”

For women, a meta-analysis showed that those who exercised had lower infertility rates, increased implantation and decreased miscarriage rates. Not only did exercise improve fertility, it also helped increase arousal rates.

5) Fitness may help lower your risk of getting cancer and developing other health issues. In a study 14,800 women who had a high aerobic fitness level, decreased their risk of breast cancer by 55%. Women in this study who remained moderately active lowered their risk by 33%, which is more than those who remained sedentary.

In this study, the cancer risks that decreased included: lung, endometrial and ovarian cancer. However, other studies have shown a reduction in colon cancer, in those were physically active.

While fitness helps decrease cancer risks, it also helps reduce the risk of other health issues. Being physically active helps decrease your risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and obesity related issues.

6) Being physically active helps improve our overall mobility as we age. Weight-bearing exercise and resistance training helps strengthen our bones, ligaments, and joints; although it puts stress on them. By doing these exercises regularly, you’ll become stronger and decrease your risk of injury. This includes bone fractures caused by osteoporosis.

Regular fitness does so much more than change our physical appearance, it changes us from the inside out. It’s cheaper than therapy and increases our longevity. If you haven’t started a fitness routine, now is the time to start.

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David Michael Gilbertson is the founder and president of 3 Elements Lifestyle, LLC., a Fitness and Weight Loss company that specializes in YOU!. With more than 15 years of experience owning, operating and managing clubs of all sizes, David lectures, delivers seminars and gives workshops on the practical skills required to successfully help you with your health and fitness goals. David also helps you build the teamwork, management, and training necessary to open your own fitness center. For more information on Licensing and Consulting Services Visit his Web site at: www.3elementslifestyle.com or email at daveg@3elementslifestyle.com or call 805.499.3030

Resources:

1) http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/depression-and-exercise/art-20046495

2) http://www.healthline.com/health/heart-disease/exercise

3) https://www.acefitness.org/acefit/fitness-fact-article/159/studies-show-exercise-can-improve-your-sex/

4) http://www.everydayhealth.com/mens-health/1015/exercise-might-boost-mens-sperm-counts-study-finds.aspx

5) http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/tips/power-surge-the-hidden-benefits-of-exercise/

6) http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/slideshows/7-mind-blowing-benefits-of-exercise?slide=7

 

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