Exercise benefits every part of the body, including the mind.
Exercising causes the body to make chemicals that can help a person feel good. Exercise can help people sleep better. It can also help some people who have mild depression and low self-esteem. Plus, exercise can give people a real sense of accomplishment and pride at having achieved a goal – like completing a half marathon.
Exercise can help a person age well.
This may not seem important now, but your body will thank you later. For example, osteoporosis (a weakening of the bones) can be a problem as people get older. Weight-bearing exercise — like jumping, running, or brisk walking — can help keep bones strong.
What’s Right for Me?
One of the biggest reasons people drop an exercise program is lack of interest: If what you’re doing isn’t fun, it’s hard to keep it up. The good news is there are tons of different options for physical activity to try at the Y, to see which one inspires you.
When picking the right type of exercise, it can help to consider your workout personality. For example, do you like to work out alone and on your own schedule? If so, solo activities like running, biking or weight training could be for you. Or do you like the shared motivation and companionship that comes from being part of a group? Group Fitness classes are great ways to stay active with others.
Who can help get me started?
It’s a good idea to talk to someone who understands exercise, like a Personal Trainer at the Y. He or she can get you started on a program that’s right for you and your level of fitness. The Y offers a free FitPath Fitness Assessment to to identify your baseline level of fitness, establish wellness goals, and receive fitness recommendations from our knowledgeable staff, in addition to Personal Training.
Get back to what motivates you, get back to what gives you strength, get back to a fitness routine. Get back to what you love.