Exercise, for many people, is one of those obligatory duties carried out with great effort and minimal enthusiasm. There are, of course, those avid fitness buffs who find rejuvenation in every deep inhalation of oxygen and love the sensation of pushing themselves. The rest of humanity may find the thrill of fitness to be slightly less appealing.

For those who need a justifiable reason to strap on those walking shoes or carve out an hour of precious time at the gym, consider some of the personal benefits you stand to gain with exercise detailed by Dr. Michael Hart in London, Ontario:

1) Exercise can go a long way to improving your mood. It's not a myth that the endorphins released through activity produce that "feel-good" sensation that can carry through long after you've finished your exercise routine. You realize both a sense of accomplishment and the renewed vigor that comes from working those muscles.

2) Contrary to common belief, regular exercise will not make you more tired than you already are.

"Exercise in general does not make you tired. In fact, I would say the reason most people don't have the energy to workout is because they don't workout,” confirmed Dr. Hart.

Instead, getting oxygen coursing through your weary muscles will provide a renewed sense of energy. Once you start moving, it becomes a lot easier to keep moving.

3) Regular exercise does wonders to combat insomnia. Many people find the best results if they don't exercise within the final few hours before bedtime, but otherwise, regular exercise can help you fall asleep more quickly and increase the likelihood of you staying asleep throughout the night.

4) Exercise can make you feel good about yourself in a variety of ways. The sense of accomplishment as you see your efforts pay off with more extended exercise periods and increased physical stamina will give you a sense of pride.

After all, once you realize you can improve your physical endurance, it's only a small step to believing you can increase your ability to accomplish goals in other areas.

"The biggest advantage of exercise is the sense of accomplishment that you achieve when you're done. It helps build momentum, and once you have momentum, it's easier to get keep going,” stated Dr. Hart. "If you can get through a brutal workout, it's easier to get through a brutal work day.”

5) Exercise can be considered the ultimate stress reliever. Taking your aggressions out at the gym or on the track is far healthier and more satisfying than taking those same aggressions out against your loved ones or co-workers.

As Dr. Hart asserted, "Everyone has a little aggression inside of them, even if they don't admit it. We're human, we come from chimpanzees, let's not deny this. We need to let out this aggression, and the healthiest way to let out your aggression is through exercise."

6) "All of the most productive people I know regularly exercise,” said Dr. Hart. Exercise increases productivity in other areas of life. Training is a great way to break up the monotony of the day and allow you to return to your assigned tasks with a renewed commitment to your work. Exercise improves the mind as well as the body.

7) It should come as no surprise that exercise is a critical element in the battle over weight control. The more calories you burn, the fewer calories remain to be converted to fat.

Dr. Hart confirms that, "Exercise motivates you to eat healthier. After you finish a workout, you don't want to eat a box of donuts, you want a protein shake or a high-quality meal to keep the momentum going."

It is a well-known fact that diet and exercise go hand-in-hand in the battle of the bulge.

8) Regular exercise has been shown to add years to the average lifespan. There are several reasons for this, including the increased level of social interaction that often accompanies engaging in daily physical activity.

9) The aging process takes its toll on everybody. Exercise improves bone health and muscle strength as the years go by. Physical deterioration slows down for those who push their bodies to do more.

10) Exercise helps ward off more than bone loss and muscle deterioration. Working out reduces your risk of heart disease, improves cholesterol levels and helps maintain healthy blood pressure. It has also been shown to lower the risk of some types of cancer.

Before you grunt and groan the next time you are scheduled to go to the gym, stop and consider the long-term gifts you are giving yourself and your body by working hard at the gym. "The easiest way to stay young is to exercise. Your body and your mind will both thank you. This is guaranteed,” affirmed Dr. Hart. Relatively small efforts now will pay off continuously throughout your lifetime.

About Dr. Michael Hart:

Dr. Michael Hart in London, Ontario is the Founder, Medical Director, and Head Physician of Readytogo Clinic. Throughout his career, he has helped countless patients gain control of their health through non-traditional medical treatments. His passion for staying up to date on the latest in medicine has positioned him as one of Canada’s leaders in alternative healthcare.

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