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6 Unique Reasons Why You Need to Exercise

Updated on June 6, 2017
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Deborah is a stay at home mother of 2 young children. She is a former preschool educator, turned freelance writer and momprenuer.

Enjoy a better sex life

While it's no surprise that exercise increases endurance and stamina, what's less well-known is that it helps you and your partner enjoy a better sex life. (1) This seems like a crazy notion, but studies show that men who exercise decrease their risk of erectile dysfunction and women increase their arousal rates. The possible reason here is that exercise improves circulation, which helps with erections and arousal.

Improves Fertility

Exercise doesn't just improve your sex life, it helps with fertility. Based on recent studies, Harvard researchers concluded that, "Men who exercised had a higher concentration of sperm in their semen and better quality sperm." Women who exercised, based in a meta-analysis, experienced lower rates of infertility, increased rates of implantation, and decreased miscarriage rates. However, fertility (2) becomes impaired when you exercise too much or too strenuously.

Improved Heart Health

The most obvious reason you need to exercise is that it strengthens the heart. Exercise helps the heart pump efficiently and reduces the stress on the heart supplying the body with nutrient-rich blood. The American Heart Association states that, "Exercising 30 minutes a day, five days a week will improve your heart health and help reduce your risk of heart disease."

Decreases PMS Symptoms

For women, exercise helps reduce PMS symptoms, such as depression and anger. Women who performed 60 minutes of cardio, three times a week saw an improvement in depression and anger levels.

Strengthens the Bones

As we age, our bones get weak and brittle, but exercise helps strengthen them. The risk of fracture caused by osteoporosis decreases when you perform weight-bearing exercises, such as running and dancing.

Improves Mental Health

While we're aware that exercise is good for physical health, what we're less aware of is thAt it improves mental health episodes. By reducing anxiety and stress, exercise improves your mental well-being. So, the next time work gets stressful or the kids drive you mad, decompress by taking a walk, going for a run or doing any other exercise you enjoy. Exercise is cheaper than therapy and you'll gain other benefits from it.

© 2016 Deborah Nessmith

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      TheHoleStory 6 months ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      I am happy again to be the first person to comment on another one of your healthy hubs Deb. You have once again done a very good job here on writing a hub outlining half a dozen very good reasons for needing to exercise. Keep up the awesome work.

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      Deborah Nessmith 6 months ago from Florida

      Thank you. Giving reasons other than weight loss seems like it would be more motivating.

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      Noa Keshet 8 days ago from Israel

      Thank you for the information. I also find that exercise is great for stress relief. My Zumba class always lifts my mood and helps me relax.

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      Deborah Nessmith 8 days ago from Florida

      Thank you Noa. I find exercising very relaxing even when I'm drenched in sweat and can heart my own heart beating. It's my escape from the struggles of the day. I'm glad you liked the information.

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