7 Reasons to Exercise Today Even if You Don't Want to ...

Even though there’s so many reasons to exercise today, most people won't. In fact, 80% of people don’t get the recommended amount of exercise they need each week. There are many reasons for this. One reasons is that we are busy and finding time to exercise can be difficult. Many people also have a hard time staying committed to a workout routine. If you've been struggling to get enough workouts in each week, hear are 7 reasons to exercise today.

1. Helps Keep You Healthy

One of the biggest reasons to exercise today is to stay healthy. Exercising has been proven to help prevent many different illnesses and diseases. Doctors tell us that exercising on a regular basis helps combat things like heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Exercise can also boost your immune system and decrease your risk of catching colds and other seasonal illnesses.

2. Weight Control

Exercise, along with a healthy diet, is the best thing that you can do to control your weight. If you're currently trying to lose weight, it's essential that you exercise. It’s a proven fact that exercise burns calories and boosts your metabolism. People who exercise on a regular basis are also more likely to stick with a diet plan. Some studies also say that exercise can work as a mild appetite suppressant.

3. To Reach Your Goal

Do you have a fitness goal? Perhaps you've been training for a 5k marathon. Maybe you have been wanting to complete a certain workout DVD, without having to stop to catch your breath. In order reach your fitness goals, you have to be consistent with your workouts. Each time you complete a workout, it will get a little bit easier to reach your goal. If you've never set a fitness goal, start with something small, such as committing to exercise 3 times each week for a month.

4. Great for Your Mental Well-Being

Exercising on a regular basis can help you feel better. Any time I am under a lot of stress or feeling overwhelmed, a good workout really helps. While exercising, you can also calm yourself down if you’re upset about something. You may even be able to come up with a solution for a problem that you have. If you tend to worry about things like me, exercise can also help keep some of those worries at bay.

5. Increased Energy

If you find that you are tired throughout the day, exercising can really help with that. Many people think that exercise will exhaust them, but it doesn't. Exercising on a regular basis can actually increase the amount of energy that you have. How is that possible? When you exercise regularly, your endurance increases and your cardiovascular system works more effectively, making it less tiring to do daily activities.

6. You Will Sleep Better

If you have difficulty sleeping, try exercising. Many studies show that individuals who exercise on a regular basis sleep better at night. If you have trouble falling asleep, be sure to schedule your workout in the morning or afternoon. Exercising too late can actually wake you up. This will make it even more difficult for you to fall asleep.

7. You May Regret It

On days that I plan to work out but don't, I always regret it. For me it always seems like I'm forgetting to do something. I guess that's because I am. The funny thing is, I may regret not working out, but I never regret actually doing it. After exercising, I am always left with a sense of accomplishment.

I hope you find some of these tips helpful. What are some ways you motive yourself to work out on days that you don't want to? I am very interested in hearing some of your fantastic tips.

Sources: webmd.com, cbsnews.com, healthcarecoach.org, lifehacker.com, fitnessmagazine.com