I exercise for a lot of reasons -
It relieves stress. I never used to believe this was true, until I started exercising on a regular basis. When I had a few days that I couldn't exercise, I noticed my stress level was higher. A ride on my bike or a run made me feel much better.
It helps keep my heart healthy. Heart disease is a big problem in my family. I try to get in 60 minutes of cardio on most days to keep my heart in good condition.
I can eat more:) At age 53, my metabolism just doesn't work as efficiently at burning calories as it did 20 years ago. Exercise allows me to have extra calories in my food budget.
I sleep better at night if I've been active during the day.
My husband is active and this gives us something to do together. We run, we garden, we bicycle, we walk, we camp, we hike...
I'm able to keep up with my seven grandchildren. I remember my grandmother as someone who sat around most of the time in front of the tv and crocheted (and she was a wonderful grandmother). Because of my activity and energy level, I am able to go sledding, fishing, camping, hiking and bike with my grandchildren. And they come to my runs and cheer for me at the finish line:)
| current weight: 115.0