The Pandemic has taken its toll on our exercise plans by forcing us to stay at home and limiting the classes we can participate in.  Here are some good reminders of the WHY we need to take care of our health with consistent exercise. 

In order for a goal to have a long-term effect, one must refer back to the relevance or the “why” behind the goal. When one puts actions into a greater context of the importance or relevance, it is easier to change the behavior by reviewing the significance of why one wants to make the change in the first place. The greater the detail of the reasoning, the more likely that goal will not be abandoned. So before you give up on that goal of a healthier 2020, here are ten benefits of exercise based on research so that you may find your “why.”

1. Weight Control – Diet and exercise go hand in hand. Diet is the primary way to lose weight.  Exercise is the primary way to maintain weight.  A combination of healthy diet and exercise is the fastest, safest way to lose weight and keep it off.

2. Long-term Mortality – If you want to live longer- exercise. A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association found that the risk of premature death of those with a sedentary lifestyle was 500% higher than those who exercised. 

3. Prevention of Muscle and Bone Density Loss – Both skeletal muscle and bone density declines with age. Sarcopenia is to muscle what osteoporosis is to bone. Loss can begin around age 40 with over half of muscle strength lost by age 70. Both can be reversed and improved with strength resistance training using weights, machines, resistance bands, and stability balls. One must incorporate strength training in with cardio for long-term health benefits.

4. Brain Health – Exercise has immediate effects on one’s brain. A single workout improves the ability to shift and focus attention, increases the levels of neurotransmitters that boosts one’s mood, and improves reaction time. Consistent exercise has shown a direct link to lower the risk of depression. Exercise also improves long-term memory by producing new brain cells in the hippocampus. In addition, exercise protects the brain by strengthening the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus, two areas of the brain most susceptible to neurodegenerative diseases and normal cognitive decline in aging.

5. Metabolic Rate – Exercise affects the metabolism by increasing the metabolic rate, which means you burn more calories at rest.

6. Disease – Exercise boosts the HDL (High-Density Lipoproteins) and decreases unhealthy triglycerides, so it combats all health conditions and diseases- heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, depression, anxiety, many types of cancer, arthritis…

7. Flexibility – Exercise increases the range of motion for better flexibility and decreases stiffness in joint and the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

8. Energy – By delivering more oxygen to the tissues and muscles in the body, exercise boosts your energy.

9. Sleep – Research has shown a greater heart rate dip between one’s waking and sleeping heart rate, the better sleep one gets. Exercise increases the waking heart rate, which promotes better and deeper sleep.

10. Sex – Research has shown that regular physical activity may enhance arousal.  The best part of all the research studies is that one can get the benefit of consistent exercise at any age; it is never too late to start! So even if you have let those aspirations, resolutions, and goals lapse since January, October is a great month to establish YOUR reason and “why” to get moving and then do it!  Jazzercise does a body AND a mind good!  We are offering zoom classes in your home if you are not ready to return to in-person classes in the studio. 

For more information call 813-743-9439 or visit www.jazzercise.com

Lutz Jazzercise Center is located at 19012 First St. SW, Lutz, FL 33548.