So, should EVERYONE really exercise? I say a resounding YES!!! If you have been teetering on the fence, wondering if exercise is all it’s cracked up to be, this post is for you! If you are hitting and missing (with more misses than hits:) with exercise, you should definitely keep reading!
What is the big deal about exercise? Well there are probably more than 100 reasons why you should exercise, but here are the 4 biggest reasons that I personally choose to exercise:
- Taking care of your body through exercise is good stewardship. “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” -I Corinthians 6:19-20
- Exercise is one of the best ways to increase your personal discipline. I used to skip exercise on days I felt least like exercising. Now I know that those are the days when I need it the most. For me, choosing to get up and exercise EVERY morning (except Sunday) has been a powerful way to practice discipline, and goodness knows I needed that!
- Working out regularly will prepare you for a variety of life situations. Strength training helps me be able to lift heavy things more easily at home and at work. Running and leg workouts enable me to keep up with my brothers when we go hiking. For women, various types of exercise will prepare our bodies for pregnancy + childbirth. Mammas who exercise are better equipped to carry heavy toddlers and play tag with their kids.
- Regular exercise helps with weight control. If you need to lose weight or are concerned with maintaining a healthy weight, exercise is key! Some studies have even shown that exercise can even suppress appetite. I have definitely found that exercise helps me not only to eat moderately, but also to make healthier choices. I mean, who wants to totally reverse the good effects of their morning workout by indulging in a mid morning snack of ice-cream? Not I!
What do you think? What are some benefits you find from exercise? If you are wanting to start, what steps do you plan to take to make exercise a regular part of you life?