According to a research study involving 17,000 Harvard alumni, it was reported that every hour you exercise adds another three hours to your life. That’s an amazing return on investment (ROI), right?
It has been established that around 50% of overall health status is determined by our daily behaviors — diet, movement, sleep, smoking, etc. Exercise plays a key role in living a healthy, fit, and vibrant life. Here are some benefits (read ROI) of exercising just 30 minutes a day for five days a week:
- Prevention and treatment of heart disease
- Lower risk of cancer (especially breast and colon)
- Prevention or improved management of diabetes
- Treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Better management of depression and anxiety
- Improved mood
- Prevention of osteoporosis and fractures
- Reduced risk of memory loss and dementia
- Increased confidence
- Better focus and concentration
- Enhanced clarity, creativity and productivity
- Regular bowel movements
- Improvement in sleep patterns
As you can see, just an investment of 30 minutes a day, five days a week, can work wonders for your holistic health and well-being. Movement, indeed, pays incredible dividends.
Edward Stanley once said, “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” In my humble opinion (and ancient and contemporary wisdom supports this truth), prevention is always better than cure.
The choice is clear: exercise now or pay consequences later. A little movement every day can go a long way and significantly reduce your future doctor visits.
The truth is that if you do not make the time for exercise, you will have to make significant adjustments in your schedule and your life in the future to accommodate your illness. And exercise takes a lot less time out of your life than a disease. So, toss out your excuses and start investing in your health from today by prioritizing movement.
As Jim Rohn advised, it’s best to choose the pain of discipline over the pain of regret. The former weighs in ounces, and the latter in tons. So, get out and start exercising — your health and your life depend on it!