The more physically fit I am, the better I feel about myself. What’s more is that the benefits of physical activity extend far beyond the result of having a fit body. John F. Kennedy once said that “physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”

There are many ways to stay fit, and it is imperative to be active on a regular basis! Walk, run, hike, surf, paddleboard, get on your road or mountain bike, do plyometrics, do yoga – just do something!

Yoga is the ultimate exercise because it works on multiple levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. As a result, practicing yoga can prevent injuries, calm your mind and keep you balanced. In my years of marathons, triathlons and adventure racing, my daily yoga practice has kept me healthy, and is the reason I can physically continue participating in these events today!

Here is some more food for thought: The Mayo Clinic published on their award-winning consumer Website offering health information, self-improvement and disease management tools to empower people to manage their health, the following about the 7 benefits of regular exercise:

1.       Exercise improves your mood.
2.       Exercise combats chronic disease.
3.       Exercise helps you manage your weight.
4.       Exercise boosts your energy level.
5.       Exercise promotes better sleep.
6.       Exercise can put the spark back into your sex life!
7.       Exercise can be – gasp – fun!

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If you’re still not convinced, remember this: Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.  ~Edward Stanley