Fit for Life: The Number One Reason to Exercise Revealed
Saturday, December 07, 2013
The number one reason to exercise
I found the number one most important reason to exercise. Not for health, not for aesthetics, not for performance, and not for longevity - but because it makes you feel good. Both physically and mentally you just feel good after properly performed exercise. Physically it gets your blood pumping, lubricates your joints and stimulates endorphins.
Endorphins ("endogenous morphine") are endogenous opioid peptides that function as neurotransmitters. They are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates during exercise, excitement, pain, spicy food consumption, love, and sexual activity, and they resemble the opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and a feeling of well-being.
In other words it elevates your mood and gives you more energy.
And let's not forget the "pump" you get after a bout with the weights, or the clean feeling of fresh air in your lungs after an outside workout. And the best physical benefit is that your posture improves as your core gets stronger, which makes you stand taller, alleviating many aches and pains.
Mentally it takes away the stresses of the day. If you have been sitting in one place all day, your mind needs to unwind, and working out can put you in another place. When you are working out your main focus is on breathing and lifting with proper form and not the laptop you left in the car. It also builds your self-esteem - thinking that you are looking better makes you feel sexier, and helps build confidence. If you are doing cardio you can let your imagination run wild. Put on some great tunes, and be a beast! Or, just meditate and go for a walk. Whatever your choice, just do something that gets you up and moving gets your blood pumping, and puts your mind at ease, you, too, will feel better. If you don't believe me, ask someone else that exercises, they will give you that confirmation.
Check Out The Grades: Rhode Island Hospitals Report Card
A recent survey released by The Leapfrog Group assigns a Hospital Safety Score, using the report card system of A to F to each of the hospitals in Rhode Island. These grades are based on expert analysis of injuries, infections and errors that cause harm or death during a hospital stay.
Let's see how each of Rhode Island's hospitals were graded from highest to lowest:
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