BODY GOALS – It’s Time for a Lifestyle Change


By Christelle Amisial

As 2019 gathers steam, it’s time to focus on implementing your New Year’s resolutions. If daily physical activity or exercise isn’t on your list, now is the time to add them. Daily exercise has beneficial effects on your long-term mental and physical health!

Here are four key reasons why incorporating exercise into your daily lifestyle will make your year better:

  1. Lower Risk of Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, and breast and colon cancer.

  • Increased Mental Health and Well Being

Anxiety and depression are two common mental health concerns in our society. One simple lifestyle change, such as exercising daily, can help you manage and cope with adverse mental health symptoms.

  • Longer Life

Who wouldn’t want to add  5 years to their lifetime? Believe it or not, exercising can help you live five years longer, according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

  • Look & Feel Better

Have you heard the expression “Look Better, Feel Better”? The next time you feel down about yourself, get off the couch and get some exercise instead. Not only will you feel better; you’ll be more confident and energized.

People who are physically fit are healthier and mentally stronger.

People who are physically fit are healthier and mentally stronger. They are able to maintain their optimal weight and are unafraid to face life’s ups and downs. But becoming physically fit often requires a lifestyle change. A regular exercise routine, healthier meals, and adequate sleep are required.

Here are some ways to start your journey into the fitness world:

  • Spend More Time Outdoors!

Besides signing up for the gym and exercising indoors, walking, fishing, cycling, swimming, hiking and even playing ball can be a part of your regular exercise routine.

  • Sleep More!

Getting enough sleep helps you maintain your weight, sleep deprivation is associated with an increased risk of weight gain. And the less energy you have, the less likely you’ll be to get up and exercise.

  • Go Green!

Reducing energy consumption, using non-toxic household products, shopping at Whole Foods, and using alternative means of transportation is beneficial to your health and also the environment.


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