When I first started exercising, I wasn’t thinking about my health.I know, I know, that’s shameful right? But it’s true!
As a 20 year old student, the concept of maybe or maybe not having a heart attack at 55 years old didn’t motivate me half as much as the thought of having a banging six pack and toned legs.
And do you know what’s even worse? I’m not ashamed of that. Heck I don’t even regret it. My motivations – as vain as they may have been – actually lead to me developing healthy habits that are likely saving my life.
Yep. Regular exercise can save your life.
That seems dramatic right? And if you’re lucky enough to be in a position where you are healthy, it may even seem irrelevant. A lot of us aren’t in a job where we see the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle take their toll on the human body, but I see it day in day out and my goodness it is relevant.
There is an OVERWHELMING amount of medical evidence to show the ways in which exercise can help you.
I’ll hit you with some statistics, and to help them seem a little more real for you, each time you read one of these I want you to imagine the percentage written is the increased chance of you winning the lottery the next time you buy a ticket. Got it? Let’s go.
83% lower risk of osteoarthritis. SHOULD WE STOP HERE BECAUSE YOU BASICALLY WON THE LOTTERY BUT OH NO THERE IS MORE
35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
50% lower risk of colon cancer
68% lower risk of hip fracture
30% lower risk of depression
30% lower risk of dementia
20% lower risk of breast cancer
50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
HOW MANY LOTTERIES DID YOU JUST WIN AND WHEN ARE YOU SENDING ME MY SHARE?!
This is a lottery win.
Ask anyone with a cancer diagnosis what they’d give for a lower chance of having it.
See families who have watched their loved ones change due to dementia. Would that morning cycle would have been worth it?
I guess what I’m trying to say is, please exercise. Even if you are a lucky enough to naturally be straight up 12/10 with legs long enough the BE the Victoria Secret model runway and abs so defined you often use them to grate your cheese – you STILL NEED TO EXERCISE.
Despite what my youtube channel and society may often suggest, changing the way you look is far from the biggest benefit of regular exercise. And don’t worry – fitness doesn’t need to be your new THING. You don’t need to sprout up a new FitnessByChiChi instagram page with more booty pics than a Pampers ad. You don’t even have to join a gym if you don’t want to.
Exercise can be fun . You simply need to find your fit.
Maybe cycling to work could save you from that horribly depressing morning commute. Perhaps starting dancing lessons with your partner could get you guys back on your feet in more ways than one. Maybe joining a sport you used to love is the way forward. Or maybe doing some of this super cool youtubers 10 minute follow along workout videos? What’s her name again?
Cassey Ho Sara Sienna ! (Click here to exercise with me – it’s free!)
However you choose to do it, please, please do it.
We weren’t designed to live these modern sedentary lifestyles.
We NEED to exercise.