reduces chance of hurting back while picking up the kids
decreases overall risk of injury while playing with the kids
improves sleep quality including ability to fall asleep more quickly (especially useful during nap time)
lowers stress levels making it easier to deal with those wonderful temper tantrums, sibling fights, stressed-out spouses, etc...
boosts immune system to help fight all those bugs brought into the house
sets a great example for the kids
plus all the benefits listed below under Anyone Else!
benefits for insanely busy individuals and couples
reduces stress levels and increases feelings of calmness, relaxation, and well-being making it easier to forget about work and enjoy time at home
provides an activity that you can enjoy together thereby strengthening relationship bonds
decreases feelings of fatigue and provides the energy for enjoying other activities together
strengthens the body allowing you to do the things you did when you were younger
enhances body image and perceived attractiveness helping to keep that spark alive
improves sleep quality (quantity is probably limited so quality needs to be high)
improves overall health, something that is easily taken for granted when young and busy
plus all the ones listed below under Anyone Else!
benefits for inspiring older adults
increases not only life expectancy, but also, and perhaps more importantly, the quality of life
enhances balance thereby reducing risk of falls
increases leg strength and walking speed
assists in the treatment of arthritis by increasing joint range of motion
raises overall strength level thereby promoting independent living
decreases the chance of becoming disabled
strengthens bones reducing the risk of osteoporosis or helping to slow its progression
provides more energy to keep up with the grandchildren
improves memory and cognitive function and reduces the risk for or delays the onset of dementia
lowers the risk of erectile dysfunction
reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer
helps control blood sugar in those who already have diabetes
and of course, all the ones listed below under Anyone Else!
benefits for anyone else
builds muscle, burns fat, makes you want to stand in front of a mirror
increases energy level, stamina, and the desire to move
increases flexibility and the ability to move how you want to move
increases both longevity and the quality of life
lowers "bad" cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides
lowers stress levels and trains the body to handle future periods of stress
makes running a 5K seem easy
motivates loved ones to exercise
opens up the possibility of climbing a mountain
opens up the possibility of dunking a basketball
opens up the possibility of having washboard abs
raises "good" cholesterol
raises self esteem
reduces feelings of depression
reduces risk for certain types of cancer
reduces risk for diabetes
reduces risk for erectile dysfunction
reduces risk for heart disease
shrinks waist size, hip size, thigh size, etc...
strengthens muscles and bones, improves posture, and helps fix a bad back
works off frustration and helps to get a better night of sleep
Please remember, the following lists are by no means complete. New and ongoing studies and observations are continually demonstrating additional benefits of living a healthy and fit lifestyle. Also realize that not every person will experience every benefit listed. While many of the benefits do occur with a general health and fitness program, some require a more specialized program in order to achieve. Prior to beginning, we will discuss which benefits are most important to you. I will then customize each program based on your desired benefits.
Fitness Benefits - Make sure and scroll down to see all the potential benefits of being healthy and fit!