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If you’re really serious about making 2018 your healthiest and most productive year on record, then you’ve simply got to make exercise one of your top priorities. Whether you’re a “newbie” reluctant about starting, or a seasoned pro looking to up your game, here are 25 indisputable, no-nonsense, and absolutely urgent reasons why you need to exercise in 2018!

  1. Exercise boosts mental health, eases depression and anxiety, fights fatigue, and gives you more energy all day long.
  2. Exercise improves the immune system making you more resistant to colds and flu.
  3. Exercise sharpens mental processes helping you to think clearly and more creatively.
  4. Exercise reduces worry.
  5. Exercise improves posture by doing such things as reducing your gut and eliminating lower back pain.
  6. Exercise can help curb and even eliminate excessive health care costs.
  7. Exercise improves flexibility at the joints.
  8. Exercise helps lower blood pressure.
  9. Exercise prevents the loss of muscle mass due to aging and inactivity as it helps to preserve and build lean muscle.
  10. Exercise helps burn excess blood sugar caused by poor nutrition and daily stress.
  11. Exercise revs your metabolism to burn more calories even while you are asleep.
  12. Exercise is by far the best way to ease daily stress and blow off steam.
  13. Exercise is a great way to socialize and meet new people.
  14. Exercise is a wonderful excuse to get outside and enjoy the excellent Florida weather.
  15. Exercise improves coordination and balance as it makes you more stable and resistant to falls and accidents.
  16. Exercise helps improve appetite as well as curb your appetite against stress eating or grazing out of boredom.
  17. Exercise lowers the bad cholesterol (LDL) and raises your good cholesterol (HDL).
  18. Exercise can greatly decrease the risk of certain types of cancer.
  19. Exercise improves the supply of oxygen to the cells helping you to move more freely and breathe more deeply.
  20. Exercise improves and enhances sex drive!
  21. Exercise lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes in most people by combatting obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.
  22. Exercise prevents bone loss and increases bone density thereby decreasing your risk of osteoporosis.
  23. Exercise, especially doing regular cardio-vascular activities like swimming, biking and walking, greatly improves your cardio-vascular system making you more resistant to heart attacks and heart disease.
  24. Exercise is the only true and proven “fountain of youth” available to the human race.
  25. Exercise makes you a happier, healthier, more productive person. This is a real plus for you as well as to those loved ones around you!