50 Reasons to Exercise in 2014

ExerciseDespite the high cost of keeping a gym membership, I’ve decided to keep mine active for the time being. In order to maximize the value out of the membership, I’ve set a goal of using it 100 times this year. I’ve gone 3 times so far, which is not bad, but I’ll need to put in some extra workouts to make up for time spent away from home and access to the gym.

The gym seems to be exceptionally busy at this time of year. There are a ton of new people who sign up as part of their New Year’s resolution. I may not believe in New Year’s Resolutions, but I do believe that exercise is an integral part of maintaining your health, and therefore your lifestyle. You can’t get everything you want out of life if you don’t have your health. I saw a poster at the gym with Reasons to Workout and I thought we could all use a little bit of inspiration.

50 Reasons You Should Be Exercising

  1. Tones and firms your muscles

  2. Builds strength

  3. Improves endurance

  4. Improves your sleep

  5. Increases your energy

  6. Enhances the function of the cardiovascular system

  7. Improves your digestion

  8. Helps you to lose weight and keep you at your right body weight

  9. Reduces tension and stress

  10. Increases your self-confidence and self-esteem

  11. Strengthens your immune system

  12. Improves circulation and helps lower blood pressure

  13. Makes you limber/flexible

  14. Improves your appetite for healthy food

  15. Adds a healthy glow to your complexion

  16. Alleviates menstrual cramps

  17. Improves coordination and balance

  18. Improves your posture

  19. Eases and may eliminate back problems and pain

  20. Lowers your resting heart rate

  21. Enables your body to utilize nutrients more efficiently

  22. Increases the enzymes in the body that burn fat

  23. Strengthens your bones

  24. Improves liver function

  25. Increases speed of muscle contraction and therefore reaction time

  26. Enhances feedback through the nervous system

  27. Decreases cholesterol

  28. Increases respiratory capacity

  29. Decreases the chances of development of osteoporosis

  30. Lowers your risk of death from cancer

  31. Improves resistance to infectious disease

  32. Alleviates depression

  33. Improves emotional stability

  34. Enhances clarity of the mind

  35. Increases your positive attitude about yourself and your life

  36. Stimulates release of hormones that alleviate pain

  37. Alleviates constipation

  38. Helps you to move past self-imposed limitations

  39. Makes your clothes look better on you

  40. Improves athletic performance

  41. Enhances sexual performance

  42. Helps you live longer and better, giving you an extra hour of life for every hour of exercise

  43. Reduces joint discomfort

  44. Increases your range of motion

  45. Stimulates and improves concentration

  46. Decreases your appetite

  47. Gets your mind off of irritations

  48. Stimulates a feeling of well-being and accomplishment

  49. Increases the body’s awareness of itself

  50. Improves the whole quality of your life

There it is folks! Is that enough of a reason to exercise?

4 Comments on 50 Reasons to Exercise in 2014

  1. Cash Rebel
    January 14, 2014 at 7:57 AM (8 months ago)

    I like number 50 the most. Improves the whole quality of your life. It really does. Just by dedicating yourself to something that’s good for you, all sorts of other healthy and life affirming options become available.

    • ThisLifeOnPurpose
      January 14, 2014 at 8:53 AM (8 months ago)

      Exactly! I want to eat healthier, I have more energy and I feel better about myself. It really does improve the whole quality of your life!

  2. MakintheBacon
    January 16, 2014 at 3:49 PM (8 months ago)

    Thank you for posting this. In addition to all the reasons you listed, I exercise because it’s fun. :) Although some people may think otherwise…

    • ThisLifeOnPurpose
      January 16, 2014 at 4:37 PM (8 months ago)

      It should be fun! It can also be a social activity, that brings you together with positive people.


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