Is weight loss the goal of your exercise routine, and what are the other benefits of moving your body?
In truth, people exercise for various reasons. Some do it to feel good. For others, the purpose is bone strength or flexibility. Quality of life, weight loss, and building social connections are also among the most common reasons.
There are also many reasons people don’t exercise, and it’s not because they are lazy. These include:
Let’s break down one of the biggest reasons people may begin an exercise routine: weight loss.
In my occupation as a fitness professional, working out and weight loss go together, like tuna and salad. However, a weight loss goal isn’t usually enough to keep us on track in maintaining an exercise routine.
But why is that?
If we begin an exercise program with weight loss the only goal and focus, and it doesn’t happen fast enough, or plateaus, we become despondent, frustrated, and lose interest. Thus, we miss out on other numerous and positive benefits of exercise.
There is increasing evidence that we, as a global population, are NOT meeting the exercise requirements put forth by our governments.
An Australian survey suggests over 50% of the population doesn’t get enough daily exercise. It also cites that 75% of people over 65 don’t meet the 30 min a day requirement of moderate-intensity exercise.
That’s a HUGE concern and one we shouldn’t take lightly.
Let’s take the words “weight loss” out of the equation for a minute.
If we moved our bodies and incorporated an ongoing exercise routine into our lives, this is what the health benefits could look like:
These are all amazing reasons to exercise, and there are many more. It is time to take charge of our health and refocus on the overall benefits exercise brings. And if you lose weight along the way – that is a side effect of exercise.
The best way to increase and improve on your progress is a slow build up, day by day, especially when starting a new exercise program.
The Australian government has created guidelines for recommended physical activity by age. Let’s take a look at what we should be doing to maintain our health.
Being physically active for 30 minutes every day is achievable, and even a slight increase in activity can make a difference to your health and wellbeing.
Move your body regularly because it feels good. Your health goals will be reached if you practice a sustainable and consistent movement program.
Interested in starting a new exercise and body movement routine and reap the health benefits? You can download my ‘Exercise guide for a strong body’.
Why do you exercise? What is your health goal? How do you achieve it? What is your favourite way to exercise? Please share the benefits of exercise that you have noticed in your life.
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