‎”I don’t work hard because I hate my body, I work out because I love it.”

I just saw this quote.  I wish I knew who to attribute it to, but at least I will admit it was not mine.  A lot of people worry that by working out or taking time to appreciate, love and care for their bodies it is vain or somehow shows insecurities.  We are told to love ourselves as we are.  I agree 100% with that, but I think you can interpret it in so many different ways.

My interpretation is that I have this ONE body.  Its not getting any younger and while I can improve it some, fact is, its about as good as it will get so I might as well appreciate it and love it right now!   I have never once heard of anyone that said I wish I had exercised less.  The single best predictor of your mobility as you get older is your physical activity RIGHT NOW.   What types of limitations do you have right now?  Are you content with that?  What can you do to change that?

According to “Understanding Nutrition 11th Edition”   The benefits of exercise include:

  • Restful sleep
  • Nutritional health (essentially this means you can eat more food and obtain more nutrients)
  • Optimal body composition
  • Optimal bone density
  • Resistance to colds and other infections
  • Lower risks to some cancers
  • Strong circulation and lung function
  • Low risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Low risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Low incidence and severity of depression and anxiety
  • Strong self image
  • Long life and high quality of life in the later years

ALL this for 20-30 minutes 3-6 times a week?  What are you waiting for?