We are obsessed with remaining young like never before. There are whole industries selling us lotions, potions, surgery and more.
In the hurly burly of all the media hype, it may be possible to miss the real elixir, the fountain of youth.
O M Gracious! I hear you say. What could it be? How much will it cost? Can I afford it?
If I said to you that you have already been doing it for much of your life, what would your reaction be?
You can blame your brain. See, our brains love novelty.
It craves for the new. That is why all these industries spring up to solve the seemingly insolvable. When we already have the answer.
We’ve tried it and not necessarily had a great experience, become fearful of how we look, worry about whether we’ll get injured because it’s been so long since the last time.
You are forgiven if you thought this was about sex. I can see some commonalities.
No, this is about exercise. Yep. That boring stuff that we never get around to. We know it is good for us but we don’t really prioritise it.
Here are 19 reasons to incorporate exercise into your life:
- Raises your serotonin levels
- Circulation is improved. More blood to the brain reduces fogginess that can pervade us at times. More blood to the sex organs keeping them functioning at their best.
- The faster you walk, the less likely you are to die early. Look at your mum, how fast is she walking?
- The stronger you are, the less likely you are to get Alzheimers disease.
- Combining strength and cardio helps to keep your hormones in balance.
- Reverses the effects of aging on your heart, even where the heart and arteries around have started to stiffen.
- Regular exercise can reverse the effects of heart disease.
- Encourages the growth of new brain cells.
- Enhances cognitive ability, moves mood, calms anxiety, and helps alleviate depression.
- Fends off cognitive decline while helping to prevent, delay and lessen the effects of dementia.
- Enhances the ability of insulin to prevent high sugar levels, reducing the risk of diabetes.
- Burns fat.
- Helps ward off osteoporosis, breast cancer, and colon cancer.
- Reduces the symptoms of Attention Deficient Disorder
- Improves sleep
- Builds self confidence
- Helps to keep your hormones in balance
- Increases your energy levels
- Distracts you from those annoying negative thoughts that do loop-the-loop in your mind.
Consistent exercise has a lot of payoffs and there are few negatives if you take it steady, slowly build up over time. It’s about consistency than increasing the intensity.