Reasons to Exercise

Happy New Year everyone! I hope your 2019 is off to a great start! Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? I usually don’t but this year I am going to try to create healthier habits.


One of these habits is to move purposefully for at least 30 minutes every day! Even if I am having a bad pain day, I must move to help me overcome my pain.  I am not going to let my pain level be an excuse not to move and you shouldn’t either!

Moving Helps Your Brain

Why should you move every day? There are several reasons why daily movement is good for you. Did you know that purposefully moving every day (or exercise) can help with stress and anxiety? According to a study from Princeton University, exercise appears to change the chemistry of the brain causing the release of GABA, a neurotransmitter that helps quiet brain activity and decrease anxiety. Additional research shows that exercising every day helps depression and improves memory. It can even help with the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Can Help Control Weight

We all know that cutting calories is one way to lose weight but moving purposefully for just 30 minutes a day can also help control your weight. Inactivity is one of the biggest reasons for our growing waistlines but moving for just 30 minutes a day can increase your metabolic rate. An increase metabolism will burn more calories!

Prevents and Improves High Blood Pressure

Moving purposefully for just 30 minutes a day can increase the levels of high-density lipoproteins, or HDLs; this is the “good” cholesterol. The same movement helps decreases your triglycerides or “bad” cholesterol. By increasing HDL and lowering your triglycerides your blood can travel through your body more easily which helps with high blood pressure.

Too Tired to Exercise? Think Again!

We’ve all been there – we are too tired to even think about exercising. But studies show that after a few weeks of daily exercise, those feelings of fatigue go bye-bye. There have also been studies that show that daily exercise can significantly increase your energy if you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. In other words, the more you move, the more you want to move!

Better Looking Skin

Is your skin looking dull? Pale? Lost its tone? Daily exercise can help with this too! Moving more improves blood flow to your skin and delivers oxygen and nutrients that helps your skin regain its glow. Moving more can also help wounds heal quicker because your providing more blood flow to the injured area.

Moving Can Reduce Pain

For years we were told to rest and not move when we had pain, but several studies have shown that to not be true. Exercise can reduce the severity of chronic pain, decrease back pain, and improve overall physical functioning.

A study in 2013 by researchers at Oregon State University found that small movements – such as pacing while on the phone – can also be beneficial if these short spurts add up to 30 minutes a day.

Exercise Can Ignite Your Sex Life

Exercising regularly gives you more energy and makes you feel better which leads to feeling friskier! For men, daily movement can lower the risk of erectile dysfunction and for women, regular exercise can enhance feelings of arousal.

Bottom Line

Moving every day has numerous benefits. I’ve only highlighted a few of them here. But despite your level of pain, try to move for just 30 minutes every day. Pace while you are on the phone, do leg lifts while sitting down watching television. You can even do arm raises during the commercials. Any movement is better than none!

~ Until next time…Dr. JB Kirby

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