I found this in a forum I used to frequent and had to re-post it here…
Forgotten why you exercise? Here’s your 7-step reminder primer!
Finding the time and energy to get active can be hard, especially if you’ve been inactive for a long time. Often, though, the hardest time to be active is a few months into your workout plan, when you think you’ve got the lazy bug licked? About then, you might start thinking “Oh, I can just take this week off.”
Soon enough, this week turns into next week and the week after, and so on.
So every time you’re about to give up on exercise, read this 7-step list to yourself? Or better yet, tape it up somewhere (like the bathroom mirror) where you’re most likely to read it everyday.
1) People who exercise live longer, on average, than people who don’t. Active people have a lower risk of dying from heart disease and stroke, and they’re less likely to get high blood pressure.
2) Exercise can help with health problems like type 2 diabetes (exercise can lower your blood sugar levels) and arthritis (exercise helps reduce joint swelling and pain and improves mobility).
3) Exercise makes you “functionally fit,” meaning that it’s easier for you to carry groceries, do chores, even go to the mall and shop for new (smaller) clothes!
4) Active people are less depressed, and depressed people often feel better after they start exercising.
5) Exercise can save you money. If you can prevent serious (and costly) medical conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis, you will have more money for your other needs.
6) Exercise is fun! Many of the activities you did for play as a child count as exercise. Dancing fast, walking your dog, bicycling, and gardening all strengthen your heart and lungs.
7) SO GO GET FIT!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!
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