Hate to exercise? Do those New Year’s resolutions seem like a distant memory? If exercise and you mix like oil and water, join the club. And with statistics like “seven out of 10 American adults don’t exercise regularly despite the proven health benefits,” a pretty large club it is. I know. I’m a certified member.
Despite the fact that I lost 212 pounds, I have to admit that exercise played a barely negligible part in my weight loss. On one hand, it’s proof that you can lose weight even if you can’t exercise. On the other hand, exercise is vitally important for so much more than just weight loss. Benefits include cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility. When you work out aerobically, more blood is pumped through your veins which increases their size. This helps prevent fat from clogging your arteries and blood clots from forming, lowers your blood pressure, increases good cholesterol and lowers overall cholesterol. If that isn’t enough, other benefits include stress relief and reduced risk of some chronic diseases, including diabetes and osteoporosis.