When was the last time you went to see your doctor for a checkup? Women typically will go see their doctor far more regularly then men. That said gents; has it been awhile? Preventative care is far better than trying to fix a problem after the fact. In that scenario, you could be forced to live with an illness that you could have avoided all together, had you done certain things to prevent it in the first place. There are many health problems that can be avoided if you get off your butt and exercise.
The human body is built to be active, not sedentary. Consistently eating unhealthy foods, coupled with little or no physical activity can eventually lead to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even depression. Health experts agree that 30 minutes of daily moderate to intense physical exercise can ward off disease. To maximize your health benefits, include weight lifting and stretching to your routine.
Here are 5 reasons why it is time to get off your butt and exercise:
Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure
A daily exercise routine makes the heart strong which increases blood flow to the entire body. Exercise also raises your good cholesterol, lowers your bad cholesterol, burns fat which equates to weight loss, and lowers your blood pressure. Physical exercise can also help prevent a stroke or a heart attack.
Did you know that for every 2 hours you spend sitting and watching TV you increase your risk of getting diabetes by 14%? Harvard’s School of Public Health’s website says, “Working your muscles more often and making them work harder improves their ability to use insulin and absorb glucose. This puts less stress on your insulin-making cells.” Harvard paints a clear picture as to why you need to get off your butt and exercise.
Chronic Back Problems
As your mid-section grows, your back has to support that extra weight. The slightest bending and twisting could cause substantial back pain. To help prevent chronic back problems, get off your butt and exercise to build a strong core. Strengthening your upper and lower abs will take pressure off your back. You should do exercises for your upper and lower back too for strength, mobility, and flexibility.
Strength training through lifting weights increases bone density, preventing the risk of Osteoporosis as you age. Lifting weights puts force on your bones. Over time, the more your muscles are impacted by weight bearing exercises, the stronger they become. Increased bone strength and bone density through a consistent weight lifting program prevents fragile bones.
Mental Health and Stability
Getting off your butt and exercising also helps improve your mood. You will be better able to manage stress, anxiety, and depression. With a more positive outlook, you are able to sleep much better. All of this leads to you an improvement in your overall quality of life.
Research shows that millions of Americans suffer from preventable illnesses. Now that you have seen clear reasons why you need to get off your butt and exercise, you are no doubt motivated to hit the gym and get started. A word of caution though; if you are just getting back into the swing of things, be sure to start off slowly to avoid injury. You can increase the intensity as you get stronger. Now go hit the gym!