The Importance of Your Daily Workout  

by | Nov 13, 2023 | Health, Lifestyle

 Do you have a daily workout routine?  Maybe you keep meaning to start, but life gets in the way. That’s okay! There’s no shame in admitting you want to get better at something, and exercise is one habit that will benefit you for the rest of your life. 

There are always going to be distractions and other things you’d rather be doing, but making your health a priority is one area you shouldn’t compromise. There’s a list about 10 feet long with the physical, mental, and emotional ailments that can be prevented or treated by consistent physical exercise—preventive health! Don’t feel like training for a marathon? No problem! So many benefits come from just going on a walk every day. Consistency is what counts when you’re looking to change your health through daily exercise. 

Good for Your Body 

Regular exercise (even if it isn’t marathon training) is great for your body in so many ways. Our bodies are made to move, and exercising every day can solve a multitude of the problems we face. Our society is set up to keep us sitting throughout our day, but our bodies disagree!  

Feeling nagging fatigue? Exercise! It seems counterintuitive to expend energy while you’re trying to increase your energy, but a study found that exercise therapy was the most effective treatment for those with chronic fatigue syndrome. Participants in the study had more energy after exercising regularly for 6 weeks than when they started.  

Some of the more obvious health benefits are, of course, healthy weight management and stronger muscles and bones. Regular exercise wards off chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension—again, preventive health can make a huge difference in all of our lives. Our bodies do best when we move them!  

Good for Your Mind 

Benefits of daily exercise don’t stop with your body. Your mind is equally boosted … ever heard of endorphins? They’re a hormone naturally secreted in your brain when you exercise (among other times). This hormone lights up the opioid receptors in your brain, causing that natural “high” after a great workout. This not only puts you in a good mood, but also helps relieve stress, feelings of sadness, and even pain (as long as the exercise isn’t hurting your body). Endorphins are your friend, so go get them through exercise. 

Working out has great long-term benefits as well. Studies in older adults have found that those who exercise have less chance of getting dementia and can recall memories faster than those who don’t! One study found that adults who exercise regularly through middle age and beyond are 30% less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. That sounds like the anti-aging remedy we all need! 

The image is zoomed in on a woman’s torso. She is practicing yoga with her legs crossed and her ring finger touching her thumb. 

Ideas to Start 

A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. You may feel like you’ve gone too long or haven’t met any of your previous fitness goals. The good news is, you can start today … and enjoy the journey! Have fun and celebrate your body by exercising every day. Here are a few ideas to get you started.  

  • Grab a friend and go for a long walk.  
  • Explore new fitness routines on YouTube™ 
  • Join a gym and take a class! Having others around you is a great motivator. Orangetheory® specializes in group classes.  
  • Try to meet a “non-scale” goal (anything other than the number on your scale). Try walking for a whole month or being able to lift a certain amount of weight. 
  • Train for a virtual race! These events are affordable (most under $25) and support different charities. Plus, you get a cool medal to display your victory! 
  • Work out with your kids! They can be a great hype team when you just want to quit (plus it will get their energy out before bedtime. Win-win!). 
  • Find a great book or podcast to listen to while you work out. Commit to only listening to it when you’re active … talk about motivation! 

Whatever you choose to do, the key to success is consistency.  

You don’t have to classify as an athlete to have a solid exercise plan. Whether you’re an early riser and get at it before the sun rises, or you prefer to end your day with a little cardio or yoga, the benefits speak for themselves. Commit to it and daily exercise will change your life.  

Looking to get more exercise through hiking? Read our blog, “Six Hikes to Try in Arizona” for some ideas!