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5 Reasons to Play Harder

Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2013 at 1:00 pm under Play Hard.

I am always amazed at how much my life has changed since I started exercising regularly. I am thinner, stronger, healthier, happier, and more inspired to do something with my life. I didn’t always used to feel this way. When I was at my heaviest, just getting through the day was a chore. I had no energy for anything but survival. And that is no way to live. I wanted to thrive! I knew the way to do that was through regular exercise. I just needed to make the decision to take that first step. And I am so glad I did!!

There is a lot of information in this graphic, but the encouraging thing that I saw was that there is always room for improvement. The harder you work, the more benefits you receive. The more you improve, the greater the rewards. You have to love that!

Here are 5 basic reasons to play harder:

1. Heart – your heart will become stronger and more efficient when you ask it to do more work. It will get better at pumping blood to your body, which is necessary for all the processes that keep your blood healthy. Just like any other muscle or organ in your body, it can adapt to stress. The key is to give it positive stress – exercise is just the thing!

2. Brain – when you exercise, you increase blood flow to your brain, drawing nutrients to the most important organ in your body. When you do this consistently enough, it helps reduce the risk of all kinds of degenerative conditions that come with age.

3. Organs – your organs stay healthier because of your activity. Healthier blood means healthier organs. Liver, gallbladder, heart, pancreas, intestines, stomach…all these organs depend on blood for proper function.

4. Health – colds, flus, and bacterial illnesses love to make their homes in unhealthy bodies. Have you ever noticed that a cold seems to stick around forever when you aren’t in the habit of exercise? I know I have. When I am consistently active, I rarely get sick, and when I do, it never seems to last very long, and the symptoms are never as severe.

5. Weight – this is the one you’ve been waiting for! It’s no secret that regular exercise contributes to being leaner and healthier. Along with good nutrition, exercise is a powerful tool to help you maintain a healthy weight.

The idea is to optimize your activity levels along with your nutrition. Most of us aren’t ready to run a marathon or even have the interest. But we all like to have energy to do whatever comes up through the day. Make your exercise fun and make it happen regularly. You will love the benefits!

What is your favorite way to play?
  • Victoria Dossey Findley

    Taking long walks, working in the yard & playing  at the park with my girlies..

  • mj webster

    I have gone to the gym 4-5-6 times a week until November when I was hit with this ugly coughing residue….the virus/allergies have been around since September….the cough did not go away – went to the doctor – 5 times…..kept givimg me cough syrup with codeine…I got fed up – went to an Amish doctor – and got their cough syrup…still seething – we did the chest xray……which was clear – then we looked at the heart meds and one of them – as the #1 side effect….COUGHING…so my cardiologist switched that up….cough got noticeably better…but not gone – so my next stop is an allergist…The coughing prevented me from doing most of the workout   and I just gave up..I’m back now – and I can tell you…without the exercise – my energy level went from slim to none – I felt disgusting…I’m on the road back now and feeling so much better – going for 100% better….in the summer, spring and fall….we walk…a walking path is right at the end of my street for the park system in cleveland – gotta love it