Who can remember the episode of the television show “Everybody Loves Raymond” when Raymond becomes thrilled with the sudden, dramatic increase in his sex life–until he finds an exercise class flyer featuring the photo of a very handsome instructor on his wife’s table. At first he and his family think the instructor is the reason for her sudden interest. Raymond finally confronts her. She says, “Has it ever occured to you that I’m just feeling much better about myself these days?”
Exercise can boost your sex life. There are scores of reasons it makes you feel better, both physically and mentally.
- Exercise can enhance your mood. “It releases endorphins which can make you feel better and reduce stress,” said NYC physician and anti-aging specialist, Dr. Steve Tsoutsouras.
- Exercise controls weight. It’s a very simple formula–when you exercise, you burn calories. When you burn calories, you lose weight.
- Exercise fights fatigue. Study after study shows that, even those with chronic medical conditions, can benefit from the fatigued-fighting exercise. Here’s why it boosts your stamina: Exercise carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells. It also helps detoxify the body, getting rid of toxins, accumulated wastes and poisons.
- Exercise can promote better sleep. “Some of my patients tell me they can’t sleep without exercising,” says Dr. Kathia Roberts, Ph.D., ND, D.PHYT.
- Exercise boosts cognitive and mental functions, helping you think more clearly and even firing up new brain cells. My mother regularly works out with light weights at her nursing home. “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,” the administrator told me.
- Exercise strengthens the tissues and muscles around joints and reduces discomfort. I’m a runner so I’m used to painful knees. About two years ago I became fond of another exercise craze that I thought would probably kill my knees. To my suprise, my knees stopped hurting and, when I mentioned it to my chiropractor, he said, “Well, you’ve probably strengthened all the muscles around the knee!”
- Exercise tones muscles, so you’ll look great and feel even better. Remember, muscles will make your metabolism rise at peak levels so you’ll burn fat–a lot.
- Exercise reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and some cancers, especially when you reduce that extremely dangerous waistline fat.
- Exercise strengthens bones and reduces the risk of osteoporosis. Remember that television ad of Sally Field promoting an osteoporosis medicine? She talked about it while exercising on the Stairmaster and with weights.