10 Reasons to Get Up and Get Active Today

10 Reasons to Get Up and Get Active Today

Lee esto en EspañolLong hours in front of a computer monitor or television screen isn’t the best thing for your mind or body. Step away. Take a break. Lace up your tennis shoes and get a move on! Just 150 minutes of physical activity each week makes a big difference.

Mix it up. Do something fun. It won’t be long before you notice some positive changes in your health. Here are 10 reasons to motivate you to get started:

  1. Boost your energy. It’s tempting to curl up on the couch to read or watch a show when you feel drained. Odd as it might seem, that’s exactly when you should get up and move. Exercise helps your blood flow, delivers oxygen throughout your body, wakes you up and makes you feel ready to take on the next challenge.
  1. Improve your mood. In some cases, exercise can work better than medication and is a great stress management tool. The Mayo Clinic leaving site icon reports exercise relieves depression and anxiety by releasing feel-good endorphins and other brain chemicals that take your mind off your worries.
  1. Strengthen your bones. The National Osteoporosis Foundation leaving site icon recommends two types of exercise for building and maintaining bone density: weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening. Thinning bones increase your risk for painful fractures if you fall. Strength-training and weight-bearing exercises also help with balance.
  1. Keep your mind sharp. You can still do the daily crossword puzzle, just be sure you’re moving your body, too. Physical activity nurtures thinking, learning and judgment skills as you age, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. leaving site icon
  1. Slash your risk for diabetes. Staying active helps keep blood glucose levels in check. Healthy glucose levels lower your risk for Type 2 diabetes. If you already have the disease, regular activity can help you manage it. Learn more. leaving site icon
  1. Lower your chance for heart attack and stroke. Exercise helps control your weight, lower your LDL (“bad” cholesterol), raise your HDL (“good” cholesterol) and control your blood pressure. They’re all vitally important in keeping your arteries clear and heart muscle healthy.
  1. Avoid back aches. Stretch and strengthen the muscles in your back and core. Doing so helps reduce pain, increase mobility and improve your posture.
  1. Relieve achy joints. Sore knees and hips might seem like good reasons to take it easy, but they’re not. The Arthritis Foundation leaving site icon reveals physical activity is the best non-drug treatment for relieving pain and improving function.
  1. Be independent longer. When you increase your strength and flexibility through regular exercise, you protect your ability to perform tasks that are a vital part of daily living. Lifting a grandchild, putting on a seatbelt, even driving take strength, dexterity and coordination.
  1. Accomplish things you never thought you could. Join the 93 percent of SilverSneakers® participants who are more active than ever and currently participating in physical activity. (2022 SilverSneakers Annual Participant Survey)

Remember, you can get all the activity you need by participating in SilverSneakers. If you haven’t started yet, do it now. You’ll be glad you did.

Get up and get active now with SilverSneakers. SilverSneakers.com/StartHere leaving site icon 1-888-423-4632 (TTY: 711) Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET

Sources: Exercise: Seven Benefits of Regular Physical Activity, leaving site icon Mayo Clinic. 2021; Benefits of Physical Activity, leaving site icon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2022; Exercising with Osteoporosis, leaving site icon Mayo Clinic, 2021; Blood Sugar and Exercise, leaving site icon  American Diabetes Association, 2023; Benefits of Exercise for Osteoarthritis,  leaving site icon Arthritis Foundation, 2023; SilverSneakers Pulse Survey,  leaving site icon Tivity Health, 2022
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Originally published 9/11/2018, Revised 2021, 2023