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20 Reasons to Get in Shape

Written by Ashley

A kickstart to your bikini bod, in list form.

Want a kickstart for your path to the pinnacle of bikini body status? These will get you the reality check you need. Remind yourself of these 20 reasons to exercise in the morning, for a fresh, active start to your day.

  1. Sleep Better: Exercise can help you sleep better. People who exercise tend to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer.
  2. Improve Self Esteem: Regardless of your body appearance, regular fitness helps improve your self-esteem.
  3. Reduce Blood Pressure: Exercise not only reduces high blood pressure, it helps prevent it.
  4. Decrease Back Pain: By increasing muscle strength, endurance, and improving flexibility and posture, regular exercise helps to prevent back pain. Studies show that exercise is an effective treatment for recurrent low back pain.
  5. Decrease Risk of Injury: If you have a strong, fit body, the chances of injury significantly decrease.
  6. Increase Energy: Research suggests regular exercise can increase energy levels, even among people suffering from chronic medical conditions associated with fatigue, like cancer and heart disease. One study in 2006 showed the average effect of regular exercise was greater than the improvement from using stimulant medications, such as those that treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Forget the cup of coffee, or energy drink, and go for a brisk walk, or workout!
  7. Lose the hidden fat: But just like the fat that leads to belly rolls and love handles, internal fat — called visceral fat — also can be prevented and eradicated with regular exercise.
  8. Reduce Aches & Pains: Improves your body’s ability to sit still and be comfortable for long periods of time. Keeping your muscles toned and strong and your joints flexible will prevent aches and pains from distracting you and keeping you from concentrating. If you have an office job, exercise is a necessity! If you need help, visit this Charlotte chiropractic.
  9. Improve Focus: Exercise helps improve your brain’s ability to concentrate, remember, visualize, plan ahead, and solve problems because a fitter body will supply a more rich amount of oxygen to your brain.
  10. Improve Immune System: Just about any doctor will tell you no pill or nutritional supplement has the power of near daily moderate activity in lowering the number of sick days people take.
  11. Improve Fat Utilization: Improves your body’s ability to use fat for energy during physical activity. Our bodies use glycogen and fat as stored energy to help sustain us.
  12. Gastrointestinal Tract Benefits: Exercise is beneficial for persons suffering from cholelithiasis and constipation. Physical activity may reduce the risk of diverticulosis, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, and inflammatory bowel disease.
  13. Reduce Anxiety & Depression: Exercise is a great mood elevator to help you manage stress and reduce anxiety. The antidepressant effect of regular physical exercise is comparable to the potent antidepressants.
  14. Improve Balance & Coordination: Exercise can improve your stability and also what is called your “kinesthetic awareness”. You have a better feel of where you are spatially, so you don’t knock into things at the grocery store by mistake!
  15. Improve Sex Drive: Exercise increases circulation, which helps prevent erectile dysfunction and impotence. Exercise can increase sex hormones like testosterone.
  16. Increase Insulin Sensitivity: Not only does getting in shape help increase insulin sensitivity (ability of muscles to uptake glucose), but helps prevent type 2 diabetes.
  17. Increase Range of Motion: An increase in flexibility can decreases stiffness in joints, and can decrease pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
  18. Increase Metabolic Rate: Exercise not only will increase the total number of calories that you burn, but also can increase your resting metabolic rate, so you burn more calories while at rest.
  19. Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease: The latest research indicates exercise can keep the brain sharp into old age and might help prevent Alzheimer’s disease along with other mental disorders that accompany aging.
  20. Prevent Certain Cancers: Some studies show that exercising regularly can help decrease colon cancer risk by 40% and may help reduce the risk of breast cancer as well.

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About the author


a fun-loving, twenty-something living in Brooklyn. She spends most of her time absorbing all the life, tofu and whiskey that NYC has to offer. Her current obsessions? BDG High-waisted leggings, vintage boot shopping in Williamsburg, Katherine Kwei's sling bag and Melanie Marie's two-finger horn ring.

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