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The Price of Lethargy

Okay, so it’s no secret that everybody should be getting some form of daily exercise. And while it’s easy to tell yourself that a gym or workout equipment is too costly, is it worth the price it takes on your health?

The most dramatic effect of regular exercise—a recommended 30 minutes per day—is on the heart and blood vessels. The more active you are, the less likely you are to develop heart disease. This is because exercise reduces stress on your heart, and helps move cholesterol out of the body.

Another benefit of exercise is that it helps make a person more stable mentally, decreases stress and mood swings, and increases mental acuity (which means sharper and fast thinking). Not to mention, exercise improves your physical appearance, which helps improve self-confidence and mental attitude. And studies show that happy people are generally healthier.

On the flipside, if you don’t exercise regularly, you’re taking a major gamble with your health—especially as you age. People who are in poor physical shape are more prone to heart and lung disease, as well as weakened muscles which puts an extra strain on joints and ligaments. Studies also show that people who don’t exercise are more stressed and less rested. Stress and lack of proper sleep will eventually take a major toll on your body, and your ability to focus.

And if all that isn’t motivation enough, you may or may not be surprised to find out that health care costs are a major cause of financial strain and bankruptcy. Deductibles, copays, and prescriptions for obesity-related conditions quickly add up—and that is if you have insurance. The bright side is that it’s never too late to begin an exercise routine, and there are plenty of exercises you can do right at home using the resources you already have. Search the Internet for helpful tips, like this article which breaks down calorie burning moves you can do without any equipment.