Intro: When was the last time you said, “I don’t have time to exercise?” Last week, yesterday or maybe even today? Now when was the last time you said “I don’t have time to watch TV, play video games or get on the computer? Probably never! Just like any form of entertainment, exercise can be fun and does not have to be something you dread. Exercising will benefit your physical appearance, your mental state and your future.
Today I am going to persuade you to exercise by telling you the benefits of exercising, the ways you can make time for it and the harmful health problems you will avoid along the way.
I would like to start off by telling you why we are all in need of exercise. Most people think exercising is done for physical appearance and while that may be important, that is not the most important reason to exercise. According to WEBmd.com exercising boosts brain power, melts away stress, creates energy for your body and helps ward off diseases to name a few benefits.
Exercise benefits every part of the body, including the mind. It will cause the body to produce endorphins, chemicals that can help a person to feel more peaceful and happy which helps with depression and anxiety. Exercise can help people sleep better and build a person’s self-esteem by building ones confidence by improving your appearance.
People who exercise burn more calories and look more toned than those who don't. Exercise can help a person age well. This may not seem important now, but your body will thank you later. Women are especially prone to a condition called osteoporosis (a weakening of the bones) as they get older.
Regular exercise can protect your heart, keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels healthy, as well as maintaining a healthy body weight. All of these issues are risk factors for suffering a stroke.
According to scientists at Lund University in Swedan, exercise can play a role in our children’s genetic makeup. Most studies have previously looked at cellular and molecular changes in skeletal muscle, but this recent study is unique in that it focuses on molecular changes in fat. Though our genes are inherited and therefore cannot be changed, the methyl groups within genes can be influenced by various factors, such as exercise, diet or lifestyle.
So now that I have given you the benefits of exercising I would like to give you a couple tips on how to incorporate some exercise into your weekly schedules. I know for us students, we have countless hours of school work and jobs to pay the bills, so finding time to get a workout in might be a bit of a problem . The word "exercise" might make you think of running laps around a gym or lifting weights but exercise includes a wide range of activities that boost your activity level to help you feel better. Certainly running, lifting weights, playing basketball and other fitness activities that get your heart pumping can help. But so can gardening, washing your car, or strolling around the block and other less intense activities. Anything that gets you off the couch and moving is exercise that can help improve your mood. You don't have to do all your exercise at once. Broaden how you think of exercise and find ways to fit activity into your routine. Add small amounts of physical activity throughout your day. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park a little farther away from your work to fit in a short walk. Or, if you live close to your job, consider biking to work. I have to admit I have my ups and down with exercising, some days I just don’t want to go the gym but sometimes you have to just make yourself do it and feeling accomplished when you’re done makes it all worth it. The key to being consistent with your exercise is making your workout so easy/convenient and fun that you might even look forward to it.
Now that I’ve talked to you about the benefits of exercising and the different ways to