We all know how important exercise is for our bodies, but there are many other benefits to regular physical activity than merely being physically fit.  If you are like most women, you have to constantly juggle a laundry list of responsibilities: children, job, home, etc., but finding the time to take care of yourself will make the demands of everyday life easier to handle.  Exercise makes you feel better, look better, and have more energy and stamina.   The advantages of exercise can have a remarkable impact on your quality of life!

Stress Relief

Endorphins are the neurotransmitters in the body that block pain and increase feelings of euphoria.  When you exercise, your body naturally increases production of endorphins – and you naturally feel better.  This “runner’s high” can work wonders on stress, depression, and anxiety, without having to visit the therapist or the pharmacy!

Heart Health

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States.  It’s a scary statistic, but taking the steps to prevent it can make a tremendous difference.  Exercise lowers your chances for heart disease, while also reducing other risk factors for heart disease, such as obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Cancer Prevention

Studies have shown that exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer – even if you start working out after menopause.  According to the National Cancer Institute, the risk of cancer decreases as the amount of physical activity increases, and the benefits are even more pronounced for women who begin exercise earlier in life.  But the prevention doesn’t stop at breast cancer; exercise may also reduce your chances of getting other types of cancers, such as colon and lung cancers.

PMS Fighter

Remember those endorphins that can help your blue moods?  They can also ease premenstrual symptoms such as moodiness and irritability.  Exercise also improves circulation and helps with water retention, which can lessen menstrual bloating.

Quality of Life

Exercise makes us healthier and happier, improves self-esteem, and enhances our general sense of well-being.  Women who exercise can have more energy to play with their children, more confidence to tackle the business world, and more resilience to deal with the ups and downs of life.  Nothing feels better than being in shape and taking responsibility for your health!

Make exercise a priority in YOUR life – even small changes can have a big impact.  Start off slowly, participate in physical activities that you enjoy, reward yourself for sticking with it, and enjoy the many benefits of a fit body and mind.