There’s no denying that exercise is good for us. Exercise can help increase our metabolism, boost our energy, keep our cardiovascular system and bones healthy, and help us maintain or lose weight while keeping our muscles strong and toned. It can also improve our immunity, keep us sleeping soundly, and even encourages the body’s release of chemicals called endorphins.
Which can relieve stress while easing anxiety and pain. And lastly, combined with a proper diet, exercise can help you fit into your favorite pair of jeans again. Not too bad. So if exercise is so good for us, why aren’t we doing more of it? A 2018 study from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) found that almost 80% of adults in the United States aren’t getting nearly enough exercise needed to stay healthy.
Another study in 2009 found that 50% of those who begin an exercise program, end up quitting within the first 6 months. Anyone who’s ever worked out, knows how easy it is to find excuses to do anything but. And the longer you put fitness on the back burner altogether, the harder it is to get back in the habit. There’s no doubt if you stay active, your mind and your body will reap the benefits. But if you’re looking to start getting fit, you’re definitely going to need tools to keep you on track (and I’m right there with you).