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Why Fitness Should be Your First Focus

Modern Americans have extremely busy schedules from day to day. If you have kids and a full-time job, it might seem like all you ever do is wake up, get the kids to school, work, pick the kids up, and repeat the next day. With so much to do, it is easy to cut out the things that seem unimportant, such as making sure to get to the gym. Here’s a few reasons why your fitness regimen should first in life.

Decrease the Risk of Disease

According to data from the University of Minnesota, regular physical activity and fitness are critical in helping decrease your risk of disease. Citing information from The American Journal of Preventative Medicine, the better your fitness is the higher the chances are that you can fight off deadly disease and increase your life span by up to five years in the process. The list of diseases whose occurrence can be reduced with better fitness includes heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, and breast and colon cancer.

Improve Emotional Health

Greater physical fitness isn’t just about boosting your physical health and warding off diseases. With proper fitness, you can improve your emotional health as well. A lack of physical activity is often associated with increased risks for anxiety, stress, depression, and even premature death.

Start Looking Better

Combating disease and preventing emotional distress are important benefits of fitness, but there’s also the improvements you can enjoy in your physical appearance from exercise. By following a focused fitness regimen you can lose weight, shed fat, improve muscle strength and ability, and build the body you’ve always wanted.

Out of this, you’ll find a number of benefits that improve your life overall. When you get yourself into better shape, you’ll notice that your energy levels are higher, meaning you can do all of those things on your task list each day. You’ll have more energy to play with your kids, conquer the work day, and still workout at night.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, if you have children you’ll be setting a positive example for them when it comes to physical fitness. During the past two decades alone, there has been a significant increase in obesity in the United States. As sad as the facts on adult obesity are, 33.8% of all adults, it is even more depressing to know that 12.5 million children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 are now obese.