A lot of people will tell you that getting in shape, boosting your health or cutting back on the amount of calories you take in every day are all good things. Those same people often fail to explain exactly why cutting back on foods or ramping up on activity are good options for someone trying to get healthy. That stops here. In my experience, these are the best reasons to stay healthy. Naturally, they might be even better reasons for some readers, or not even valid for others, so feel free to share comments below.
- Improving your longevity is a basic benefit of increasing physical activity levels. Healthier people tend to live longer than those who aren’t in the best health, so this should be pretty simple here. Strong muscles can do more work than weak ones, strong immune systems can better fight off infections than weak ones, and the list of benefits just rolls right along. This is a top reason to stay healthy and often the driving factor behind people who begin weight loss programs.
- Reducing healthcare costs goes hand in hand with improving the length of your life. If you get sick less often, if you get injured less often, then you get hit with those massive medical bills less often too. While getting into peak physical condition might not be a major draw for many who start exercising, I think the majority of those who are in poor health would agree that saving money anywhere is a good thing.
- Not only do you feel better in better health, but you tend to look better too. There is less sagging as gravity loses its hold on folds of fat, and I don’t think this reason really needs any explanation. Just look at a few of the people you pass by the next time you’re out getting groceries, visiting the library of performing some other regular task. Would you rather look like the huge, obese and out of shape ones, or the trim, fit and healthy ones?
- If you’re a man, then better physical health will most likely lead to better sex as well. High blood pressure and other blood woes which come with being significantly overweight manifest differently in males than in females. Guys will certainly notice when they begin getting erections less often, or can’t maintain the erections they do get like they normally could. An improved sex life is certainly a good reason to stay healthy, but it’s not nearly the only one.
- Improved mental health is another good reason to elevate your physical health too. With the increased blood flow which comes naturally with lowering your blood pressure and improving your circulation with things like regular exercise, you are getting more oxygen moving to your brain every minute of every day. It might not be immediately apparent, but try measuring your reaction times before you start exercising and after you’ve gotten into shape. You may be surprised by what you see.
- There is a certain kind of confidence which accompanies being in top physical condition. Now, I’m not saying that you need to be exercising an hour a day, five days a week, doing full contact drills or other physically strenuous stuff. It’s possible to get fit and feel better about yourself while putting in significantly less effort than professional athletes do. For a real boost in confidence, there are few better options than ditching some extra pounds.
- Living to a ripe old age is rather redundant if you spend those latter years bedridden and ill due to a life lived without consideration for your physical health. If you want to thrive at an old age, not just survive, then you need to be taking better care of your body now, while it’s still young enough that you can push it without fearing about a limb, ligament or other bit of you breaking down. It’s a lot harder to get started once you’re older, trust me.
- Heightened energy levels are another natural benefit to getting active and getting into better shape. What you do with all that extra energy is really up to you, but I guarantee you’ll be spending a lot less time napping and a lot more time doing, well, whatever you want, if you manage to get over that initial hurdle of being out of shape. If you aren’t old but you feel old, you could probably stand to get up and get active a little more often.
- I already mentioned something about better bodily health, but avoiding diseases and debilitating illnesses is another big benefit to improving your physical health. This one is so good, it deserves its own spot on this list. If your body is better able to deal with the little bacteria, viruses and other things trying to kill you every day, then you’re less likely to end up bedridden or in a hospital over an infection of some sort.
- The last reason on this list, and certainly not the least of these 10 reasons to get healthy, is for posterity. I’m not talking about history books or something like that – I mean your kids, and their kids, your grandchildren, you know? Once you’re gone, there’s going to be a big hole in their lives that won’t ever be filled. Naturally, you can’t elect to live forever, but if you take good care of your body now, you can likely look forward to more happy years with your folks.
I’m sure there are other good reasons to get into shape too. They are probably more specific than these though, like making the weigh in for a boxing class or something very specific like that. These are more like general, positive effects of getting into better shape. Still, there are so many of these general benefits that there’s no reason for people to still not be using a diet plan or exercising these days. You know your body needs it, you know how you will benefit and you know what needs to be done. Do it!