The Hidden Benefits of Exercise…

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Question: Though I read your articles occasionally, I was compelled to write you and ask why do all of those workouts, training, sweating and trying to be healthy when you can on any given day walk out the door and “get hit by a bus?” What is the benefit in that? I prefer to enjoy the foods I eat and have a couple of cold ones each night to enjoy life.
Answer: Yours is the sentiment obviously held by the majority of Americans considering that nearly 70% of our population is overweight with over 30% of us considered obese. You’re all looking out for the bus while you make your stops at the drive-thru. What happens to you if the bus misses and you live to be 80 or 90 years old and need constant attention? What’s the joy of living a longer life if you are going to dialysis three times a week or on a smorgasbord of prescription medications? What fun is it to watch your kids or grandkids growing up knowing that you are too out of shape to actually play with them because you can’t walk up a flight of stairs much less run across the yard with them?
Working out is not as simple as appealing to an individual’s vanity, though for some it is a source of motivation. People who workout are not slaves to the gym’s they visit, most who are successfully exercising consider it a part of their daily lives that allows them to maximize their day because they feel better physically. They feel better from exercising emotionally both from the physical benefits of their workouts but also from the confidence they obtain by being in shape. Most successful exercisers who are forced to miss workouts feel less energized and more lethargic within a few days. This doesn’t make them slaves to exercise but it does let them quickly know how much exercising benefits them on a day to day basis.
Exercise is more than that even, exercise is preventative medicine. If you are diagnosed as a borderline diabetic, exercise along with eating healthier can reverse the possibility of having to take medication for years or even permanently.

  • If you are diabetic you can lower your dependence on medication.
  • High blood pressure is treatable with exercise by increasing the strength of your heart and getting excess weight off.
  • Sleep apnea can be reversed by getting weight off and you can reduce your dependence or get rid of your machine.
  • Joint problems can be relieved by getting excess weight off and knee replacements can be avoided for a time by making the muscles in your legs stronger.
  • Osteo-arthritis and mobility problems are reduced by exercise and the possibility of osteoporosis can be reduced.
  • Regular exercise has been proven to be as effective as any antidepressant on the market.

These examples aren’t just proven by research, these are examples of the benefits I’ve personally seen throughout the years I’ve been training people. Our bodies weren’t created to sit all the time; they were created to move and work and see all the gifts we have around us and with our families.
These bodies were made to repair themselves with systems that heal bones, muscles and skin and to fight diseases before they start. Medicine and doctors help this process along with wonderful inventions and medications that are incredible but all that can be made more effective with a healthy body.
Enjoy life and look towards a long healthy life. Don’t destroy your health being lazy because of the possibility of “a bus.”
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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