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The Benefits of Exercise by Eric Vandell

According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine, or NASM, “Only 31% of US adults engage in regular leisure-time physical activity (defined as either three sessions per week of vigorous physical activity lasting 20 minutes or more, or five sessions per week of light-to-moderate physical activity lasting 30 minutes or more)”.

A large portion of the other 69% choose not to do so knowing the numerous benefits to exercise. When you exercise, not only do you gain the long-term health benefits, but you also experience positive effects to your mental health and financial well-being.

Reduce Disease Risks

NASM reported that “Physical inactivity exposes adults to unnecessary risk for developing a variety of chronic diseases, disabilities, and even musculoskeletal pain, whereas as little as 2.5 hours a week of moderate aerobic physical activity can substantially reduce that risk and lead to significant health benefits.” In other words, when you choose to be active, you are choosing to maximize the longevity and quality of your life. By exercising regularly, you will minimize the chances of being diagnosed with a chronic disease. These diseases usually create a multitude of complications in your life that ultimately have a negative impact on your mental health and overall happiness.

Psychological Effects

If you’re like me and most Americans, you remember a time in your childhood when there was nothing better than running around and playing with your friends. If you’ve experienced this, then you are familiar with the positive psychological effects of exercise. On their official website, the Association for Applied Sport Psychology listed some of psychological benefits gained through exercise. Some of these listed benefits were: increased feelings of energy, improved self-esteem, and decreased symptoms associated with depression. This occurs because exercise promotes the release of hormones in your body that are associated with these feelings. Is this is why I have never met an angry person on a hiking trail?


I am a diehard believer of the saying, “Health is Wealth”. With a proper diet and exercise regimen you can increase the amount of income you see in your life time and reduce the amount you spend on healthcare. Simply put, the healthier you are, the less days you call in sick to your job. The less days you call in sick, the more days you work and are paid. Furthermore, it is expensive to be unhealthy. According to the CDC, “In 2017, the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes was $327 billion in medical costs and lost productivity”.

All in all, it is extremely beneficial to exercise regularly. And if you have personal trainer to support you, you are more likely to stay on an exercise routine. So, if you are one of the 61% struggling to stay active, make sure you give VFF In Home Fitness a call to get yourself a trainer.

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