I will be going over why exercise is important, and what you can do to start.

Health Benefits

When it comes to exercise there are a good deal of health benefits to it. When you do cardio, It is great for the cardiovascular system. Having a healthy cardiovascular system is good for the immune system decreasing your risk for disease, and amazing for heart health. Your body is also going to sweat which is great for detox purposes, and it helps with the lymph system as well.

Then there is the weight training aspect which if done properly is great for toning and sculpting the body the way you want to. It is also great to tighten up skin certain areas, although diet is extremely important as well. It is great for developing strength and power if that is the route you are looking to take as well.

There is also the euphoric feeling you get with exercise, because it can actually increase endorphins which are called the happy hormones in layman’s terms. When exercise is done properly you will absolutely reap the reward in many ways!

Exercise can be strenuous though especially for a beginner, so make sure to consult with your physician before you decide to start an exercise program.

Mental Benefits

There is definitely a mind and body connection when it comes to anything really. If you have ever been hungover you would know what I am talking about. Usually if the head feels crappy the body will too, and the same is if the body feels crappy the mind will just not function to its full capacity.

Exercise is very important for the mind. It can help you with focus and clarity. Your best you is about having a healthy mind, body, and spirit. They all work hand in hand. So make sure to do your best to take care of yourself.

Remember those endorphins I was talking about? When you are in a happier mood everything just has more of a flow to it. Honestly if I ever get writers block I hop on the treadmill for 20-30 minutes and everything starts coming together. Exercise is a great way to get blood moving in the body and the head alike.


Which exercise group are you

I know there are fitness fanatics out there who love the feeling they get when they hit the gym. Whether it is on the cardio machine, the weight room, or just out on the court shooting some basketball. That high they get when they go to the gym is absolutely euphoric!

There are two other groups to consider. The group just getting started who has been at it for about two weeks to a month. They are still in the soreness faze but almost past it. Determined to make their goals a reality.

Then there is the group that sets their New Years resolutions who is 100% determined that this will be their year. They check the scale every day and after seeing no results after 4 days of maximum effort they say to themselves there is always next year.

There are definitely many sub categories of the three groups I have listed, but I think you get the drift on a guesstimating of where you can put yourself.

What is your challenge

Each group is going to have a different challenge they will have to deal with. I always say to use exercise as a tool. It is for the betterment of the body. You have to find your own personal balance where you feel good. The best part about all of this as you exercise you will learn so much about your body, and what it is capable of when you exercise correctly.

If you are a beginner nobody said you had to go all out to get yourself as sore as possible. I believe quite the opposite. Start off slow as a beginner. Take the time to build your foundation. Even a simple walk around the block will do.

On the extreme end of that I have seen the fitness fanatics push too hard. The rest and proper nutrition is just as important as the exercise. The body need to recover, make sure to listen to those cues.

There is a time when you have to push your body to the limits, but you want to prepare your body for those moments. A prepared body is an awesome body. Remember you are preparing for your own personal journey though, no one else. The only person you should ever compete with is that person in the mirror.

So if your goal is to climb mount Everest or climb out of bed without feeling ache. Make it yours and own it. Enjoy the work in progress. Set your long term goal but set little goals you can accomplish along the way. Try to make them difficult enough to where you have to work, but at the same time achievable.

If your goal is just to maintain basic health 1 hour will do. Thirty minutes of cardio and Thirty minutes of weight training 2-3 times a week. Like I said if you can only do 5 minutes of cardio and 2 minutes of weight training start there. Just start, remember this is an investment in you and your overall health.

If you do not reach your goal it is OK, the sun will be out another day. You just have to keep at it. I believe in you and I might not even know you. I believe in the human spirit though, and I know under the right circumstances anyone can do anything. It just comes down to mindset. Take the time to believe in yourself and your capabilities.

Enjoy the moment

Just have fun with it. It is about finding that sweet spot. Where you know that both your mind and body are alive and in the moment. If it is too easy you will become bored, but if it is to difficult it can lead to anxiety dreading the next workout you will do, but when you hit that exercise sweet spot that is when you know you are alive.

Let your mind, body, and spirit live. That is why proper exercise is important!

Thank you, and if you have any comments you would like to add please feel free to do so. Take care and have a great day!






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Comments (4)

  1. Jenny


    To be honest, unfortunately, health benefits don’t seem to matter to me enough to start exercising regularly.
    Mental benefits, though, do. As a natural born worrier, I get stressed every other hour. Exercising, especially walking, running, riding a bike, anything that has me moving really makes it better.
    We tend to care a lot about our education, money etc. and we forget to take care of our body. Hopefully we ‘ll start to change that.

    • Clifford Starks


      Yes the truth is people find different reason to why physical fitness will work for them. I believe if people become educated in the many benefits that exercise will have for them it would make people more inclined to do it. It helps bring everything together the mental, physical, and emotional. Thank you for the comment, and hope you have a great day! 

  2. Billy.W.


    Hey Clifford,great article man ! Yes I fully agree with you 100% that exercise is important to all of us.In this day and age in developed countries ,our lives are not so manually orientated and the food on offer doesn’t help the cause either !! I learned to train as a younger man in the military and I have never stopped.I just love it.Great awareness promotion in your article.Well done Clifford :))

    • Clifford Starks


      Hello Billy, a man of the military you have my respect sir. It takes a lot of dedication and a strong mind to do what you do. I am glad that you enjoyed my article, and thank you for the great comment!

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