There are, literally, hundreds of reasons why you should try to improve your physical fitness and none as to why you should not. Not only does improving your physical fitness help to control a healthier body weight, but it can help to control mental and physical illnesses. Exercising helps to reduce levels of tension and stress, both of which can actually cause physical and mental illness. Better levels of fitness help to boost the immune system, which then helps to fight off illness and infections. It helps to increase your good cholesterol (HDL) and lower your bad cholesterol (LDL). Have chronic pains from poor posture? After training with proper form and strengthening your musculoskeletal system your body starts to correct the imperfections in your posture. It helps to control blood pressure through strengthening the heart muscles. It increases the chemical activity of the brain, which then produces more feel good hormones and fights off mental illnesses (depression). Not only does it increase that function of the brain, but it also helps to increase productivity of the brain, thus helping you to be more mentally alert. It can increase the overall functionality of the respiratory system. Finally for this post, but certainly not last, it can have positive effects on both your self-confidence and overall social activity.
So, if you find yourself finding more reasons to skip the gym than to improve your overall quality of life, you should most definitely shake those thoughts loose. Take the plunge into a world of healthier living and once you are there, you will find that it is hard to want to leave. Not only will you become more healthy, but you will most likely make friends along the way. If you have anything you would like to add or if you have any questions, leave a comment down below or email me at Joe@dedicatedfit.com. While you are at it check out this week’s blog posts by Logan Lesher, Dakota Strohl, Kylee Turko and Sage Terembula. We look forward to hearing from you!