Exercise Motivation: 9 Great Reasons to Work Out
Exercise motivation may come and go when you first start working out. You might be excited to work out one day and feel completely uninspired the next. Here’s where it becomes up to you to push yourself to keep exercising.
Exercising and eating healthy foods are a crucial component to weight loss and preventing weight gain. It applies whether you have surgical weight loss or go on a Very-Low Calorie Diet. Staying physically active and eating fewer calories will help you shed excess weight and keep it off over time.
Find your exercise motivation
To help your exercise motivation, remind yourself of all the health benefits that come with working out:
- Exercise lowers the risk of heart disease; diabetes; and cancers such as breast, uterus, and colon.
- It strengthens your lungs and helps them to work more efficiently.
- It strengthens your muscles and keeps your joints in good condition.
- Exercise may slow bone loss.
- It gives you more energy.
- It helps you to relax and cope better with stress.
- Working out builds confidence.
- It allows you to fall asleep more quickly and sleep more soundly.
- It provides an enjoyable way to share time with friends and family.
For overall health, try to work out at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. To help manage body weight and prevent gradual weight gain, aim for 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity most days of the week. If you want to maintain weight loss, aim for at least 60–90 minutes of daily moderate physical activity.
Don’t be intimidated by how long you think you should work out. If you’re out of shape, start slowly. You can start walking 10 to 15 minutes three times a week. Gradually increase the amount of time and pick up the pace as you become more fit. Always check with your health provider before starting an exercise program.
Source: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
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