Many think of exercise as just a way to burn calories (or lose weight), but that isn’t even the main reason we need exercise. Think of burning calories as a bonus. The real reason we need exercise everyday is because every cell, blood vessel, joint and muscle in our body just doesn’t work as well if we’re not pushing them to get stronger and consistently getting our heart rate and breathing up. Regular exercise not only fights disease, acts as a stress reliever and an anti-depressant, it also boosts your immune system and makes you smarter. Your body simply can’t afford to not exercise every day!
Exercise benefits everyone from children to the elderly as well as those who already have a chronic condition or disability, are at risk of developing a chronic disease or are currently healthy. And for those who haven’t been exercising regularly, studies show that this group has the most to gain from establishing a regular exercise routine. But before you start a new exercise program, consult with your physician.
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LifestyleHealth12 was developed by Rich Millar (MPH, CPT) who received his Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics and his Master’s Degree in Public Health and has over 15 years of experience in nutrition consulting, personal training, health coaching, employee wellness, and Health Care Administration.