12 More Reasons You Will Want to Exercise

You already know the physical reasons why you should exercise:  better cardiovascular health, endorphins, more energy and improved mood.  Here are some other reasons you should find some physical activity at least 30 minutes, three times per week:

  • Type A personalities – can become more Type B
  • Decreases depression and anxiety – can be as effective as antidepressants or psychotherapy
  • Protects against anxiety and depression
  • More resilient to stress
  • Enhances learning and emotional control
  • Autism – improves behavior and decreases internal noise
  • Attention deficit disorder – activates the part of the brain that’s “sleepy” in ADD
  • Better impulse control and aggressive behavior
  • Improves cognition – keeps your mind sharp as you age and may enhance academic performance in youth
  • Improves quality of life
  • Increases self-esteem
  • Improves sleep quality

Now that I’ve tripled the reasons for you to exercise, and said that it only takes 30 minutes, three times per week, will you do it?  If I told you it doesn’t have to be the sweaty, stinky, boring treadmill at the gym, it can be a brisk walk in a beautiful park, ballroom dancing with your sweetheart, or climbing the stairs at work, would you do it?  I thought so.


Sources:  John Ratey, Spark;  Mutrie, N., & Faulkner, G. (2004). Physical activity: Positive psychology in motion. In P. A. Linley & S. Joseph (Eds.), Positive psychology in practice (pp. 146-164). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.