Do any of these things sound like something you’d want: decreasing your risk of disease; feeling better physically and mentally; looking better; avoiding injuries; continue doing activities that you enjoy throughout your life? If so then you need to exercise. Participating in regular physical exercise can even help you live longer!

Exercising, along with eating healthy, keeps you in shape. In the United States over the last 20 years there has been a significant increase in obesity. About thirty-three percent of adults and seventeen percent of children and adolescents in the United States are obese. Obesity leads to many health problems such as diabetes, chronic heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, and asthma.

Not only does not exercising lead to health issues but these health issues can lead to financial issues as well. Those who are obese have medical costs that are on average typically $1,500 more than those of normal weight. Moreover, annual direct costs of childhood obesity are $14.3 billion.

Scheduling just thirty minutes of exercise a day, while watching what you eat, can significantly decrease your risk of getting any of these health problems. A thirty minute workout can be many different things. Maybe you like running so you can do cardio for thirty minutes. There are other types of exercise you can do too, like weightlifting, crossfit, spin, or a HIIT session, that switch up your routine more so that you don’t get bored of doing the same thing over and over and you target different parts of your body.

There are many other positive effects to working out as well that you can see more immediately. They include increasing your muscle strength, reducing fat, promoting strong bone, muscle, and joint development, conditioning your heart and lungs, improving your sleep, increasing your energy and self-esteem, relieving stress, and increasing your chances of living longer.