Monthly Archives: April 2012

10 Reasons to Get in Shape this Summer

Since everybody has a different definition of ‘getting in shape’, here’s the one we’re using now: being ‘in shape’ means having a baseline of cardiovascular endurance, strength, muscular endurance and flexibility.  While there are thousands of reasons to be healthy and work hard in the gym, these are a few of the best:

  1. There are two types of cholesterol: good (HDL) and bad (LDL).  Exercise has been proven to reduce levels of LDL and increase levels of HDL.
  2. Exercise lowers high blood pressure, and also helps prevent it.
  3. Hitting the gym helps you sleep better.  Not because you are exhausted from all the activity, but because people who exercise fall asleep faster and sleep longer than those who don’t.
  4. Lifting things in the gym decreases risk of injury outside of it.  The stronger, leaner and more flexible you are, the less likely you are to injure yourself.
  5. Increases the total number of calories you burn, and your resting metabolic rate as well.
  6. As any doctor will tell you, daily exercise strengthens your immune system.  It also decreases the number of sick days you take.
  7. One out of two women will be diagnosed with osteoporosis.  Keep bones strong by exercising and prevent it.
  8. Reduces the risk of both colon and breast cancers.
  9. Exercise improves self-esteem.  If you have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, sleep better, and stop getting hurt, you will feel better.  You will look better.
  10. And most importantly, exercise is fun!