I have been researching so many things lately. Since I've set a 1 year goal for myself to get myself where I want to be "physically, mentally, and profesionally" I've been looking for ideas in all aspects of my life. This list is from one of my favorite articles. If you want to read further, there is a link at the bottom.
Long-Term Benefits of Exercise
1 Decreases Risk of Heart Disease
2 Decreases Blood Pressure
3 Decreases Body Fat
4 Decreases Cholesterol Level
5 Decreases Risk of Diabetes
6 Decreases Risk of Cancer
7 Decreases Risk of Osteoporosis
8 Decreases Arthritis Symptoms
9 Decreases Number of Sick Days:
10 Decreases Chance of Premature Death
Short-Term Benefits of Exercise
1 Relaxes and Revitalizes
2 A Break From Daily Routine and Worries
3 Helps You Feel Good About Yourself
Of all of the above, my personal favorite is number 10. I've decided to make it a PRIORITY. Of course I want to lose weight but more important as I just reached my 50th birthday I realize that I want to have the years ahead to be as healthy as they can be. I think I can handle 45 minutes, 4 to 5 days a week. The benefits are so worth it!
So...is anyone on this with me? Am I alone here? Will someone join me on the torture?
Just days after making the graphic for this post I found out that someone I know who happens to be my age just died from what we heard is heart problems. I want to get my heart back into shape!