We all want to be productive throughout our day, whether that be our workday, keeping up with our partner, pets, kids and certainly looking forward to waking up each day … right? Many of us have been forced to move even less than before due to gym closures and new work or learn from home pandemic schedules. Yet even with less actual physical movement, it seems we are all somehow presently busier than ever. Exercise often is the last thing many want to think about when planning out our daily schedule.

Yet, adding even just 20 minutes or more per day of movement can vastly improve both your overall physical and mental well-being, and in turn add years, and even happiness, to your life.

Here are six five ways that daily exercise or movement can enhance and improve your health:
#1. It’s good for your heart.

This is an obvious one, but it’s always worth repeating. Regular exercise has been medically shown to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. Additionally, excess body fat is a risk factor for heart disease and other heart-related conditions. Complemented by a well-rounded nutrition plan, exercise can help with a reduction in body fat, which can lower your risk for heart disease.

#2. It can help digestion.
After a big meal, do you instantly move to the couch to relax or go back to work at your desk? While it might seem like it feels better to do so, it’s actually more beneficial for your body’s digestive system to get some form of movement after a meal. Body movement post-meal promotes the stimulation of the stomach and intestines, causing food to move through more rapidly. Eventually you’ll digest your food no matter what you do, but moving around will help make the process smoother so you can avoid that “heavy” feeling after a big meal.

#3. It may help balance your body’s hormones.
A less commonly known exercise benefit is the exercise benefit upon hormones in the body. Hormones act as the body’s postal service delivering messages and mail. Created in the brain, they go out to different parts of the body to deliver mail that tells your organs and cells what to do. Sometimes our daily habits can throw some important hormones off and alter some pretty important bodily functions, like your metabolism, sex drive, sleep, stress, and digestion to name a few. Exercising empowers our bodies to keep all of these at an optimal level so our quality of life is in tip-top shape.
#4. It can actually give you more energy.
A common objection to adding exercise into someone’s daily routine is that they just don’t have the energy to work out on top of ALL the other things they do. Here’s the hard pill to swallow … You probably don’t have energy because you’re not moving enough. The body is stiff and immobile from sitting all day on your couch, at your desk, or in the car, and the heart has to work extra hard to do the bare minimum because it’s not in the best shape either. Furthermore, exercise is associated with the release of neurotransmitters and proteins called neurotrophic factors, which cause nerves to make new connections, possibly improving brain function.

#5. It reduces undesirable effects of aging.
We see it every time we spot someone older than us—moving slower, more susceptible to falls, and joints not working as well as they used to. Exercise literally acts as preventative maintenance for all of these “side effects” of aging. Keeping your body in consistently decent to great shape from an early age will help you live a more active and less painful lifestyle as you progress into later years.
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Hopefully these five exercise reasons will inspire you to get started, resume, or continue on your own 2022 exercise journey!