Kiwon Lee

Reasons to Get and Stay in Shape

Kiwon Lee
Kiwon Lee

Getting in shape and staying shape reigns as one of the most talked about topics in today’s culture, and rightfully so. It benefits almost every aspect of life, and as a plus, it is free. With the increasingly warm weather, there is no reason not to get up, get out, and get moving. While it is easy to claim 24 hours in a day is insufficient exercise time, workouts can be conveniently tailored to every lifestyle. There is so much variety to fitness that anyone can find their perfect fit. If those are not adequate reasons to drop everything and become a fitness trainer, here are 12 reasons to get in shape and stay in shape.

  1. Workouts will give you a general sense of feeling good. For those that workout regularly, you begin to crave a good workout after skipping a day or two because even 20 minutes of training provides a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction mentally and physically.
  2. Your self-esteem will improve– smiles and less stress!
  3. You’ll sleep better. One of the biggest complaints and probe among young adults is their lack of sleep and their fatigue. Along with catching more zzz’s at night, exercise will improve the quality of your sleep.
  4. It gives you a natural energy boost. Based on a study by the University of Georgia in 2015, those who exercised just 20 minutes a day, three times a week, saw significant increases in energy and similar decreases in fatigue; making exercise a perfect way to make the most of the 24 hours in the day.
  5. Athletes will see improved sports performance. A strong heart and extra energy make for a great way to get more victories.
  6. Who doesn’t want to burn calories? Any and all forms of exercise help your body burn extra calories, which in turn will torch away unwanted fat around your entire body.
  7. So, go rock that bikini (or Prom dress)!
  8. Exercise not only helps your physical body, but the engine– your brain. The endorphins released will reduce anxiety and depression, and simultaneously improves your focus at work and in the classroom.
  9. Exercise prolongs life. The National Cancer Institute found that the life expectancy for people who fulfilled the recommended amount of weekly exercise increased by 3.4 years on average. Additionally, those who performed twice the amount of recommended exercise saw an increase of 4.2 years. It also reduces the risk of diabetes, further extending one’s life expectancy.
  10. Faster breathing helps strengthens the immune system and the increase in lung activity during exercise flushes bacteria from the lungs and airways, making your body much more clean.
  11. Boredom is non-existent during exercise because there are so many different options of workouts to try. Hiking, yoga, running, kickboxing– the options are truly limitless.
  12. You will never regret it, no matter how hard it is to get out and get going.

Margo Snipe
Staff Writer 

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