13 Reasons to Exercise

Let’s face it, some days you just don’t feel like exercising.

You get too busy, too stressed and quite simply too tired.

Here’s a list of 13 of the top reasons to exercise. Pull out this list and read it when you’re having one of those days.

1. To Prevent Disease
Exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of many health conditions, from stroke to heart disease to cancer and osteoporosis. Exercise is also a great defense against type 2 diabetes, which is one of the most widely growing diseases of our time.

2. To Look Great
Exercise firms your body, improves posture and even makes your skin glow. Looking your best is a wonderful result of regular exercise.

3. To Lose Weight and Keep It Off
Exercise helps us increase our energy expenditure, burning through excess body fat and prevents us from gaining weight in the future.

4. To Have More Energy
Anyone who exercises regularly will tell you that they are more energetic. Once you start moving, your energy stays up!

5. To Sleep Better
Exercise boosts energy levels, but also wears you out. It makes you feel more vibrant during the day and sleep better at night. And after that restful sleep, you have more energy the next day!

6. To Age Slower
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to fight aging. As you age, your body tends to lose muscle and bone. Regular exercise can drastically reduce the loss of both! Exercise also helps reduce inflammation, another issue that comes along with the aging process.

7. To Relieve Back Pain
In most cases, the best thing that you can do for back pain is to move and strengthen those muscles. Consult your physician or physical therapist for guidance.

8. To Ease Depression
Exercise has been shown to reduce depression – sometimes even as effectively as medication.

9. To Reduce Aches and Pains
By strengthening muscles around your damaged joints you’re able to use exercise to reduce joint pain and overall aches. Always consult your physician before starting an exercise program, especially if you have chronic joint pain.

10. To Stay Mentally Sharp
Exercise has been shown to improve memory and other cognitive functions, and may even have a protective effect against dementia.

11.To Enjoy Your Lifestyle
Whatever it is that you love in life – your kids, travel, sports, fashion – it is all more enjoyable when experienced in a fit and healthy body. Exercise so that you are able to enjoy all the great things in life.

12.To Reduce Sick Days
People who exercise regularly are less likely to call in sick to work. Regular exercise may strengthen your immune system!

13. To Boost Confidence
Being fit, feeling healthy and having energy are all building blocks to having great confidence. There is no better confidence booster than sticking with a regular exercise program.

Regular exercise gives you so many amazing benefits, as you’ve seen from the above list. Call or email us today to get started on the exercise and nutrition program that will change your life forever.

Meet Our Trainers: Andy

Meet Our Trainers: Andy

Meet Our Trainers

Andy Phillipsandy phillips

My passion for fitness started at the age of five, running 1.5ks at Van Cortlandt Park. From 10 years of competitive swimming to two years of acrobatics, I’ve taken on a variety of kinesthetic disciplines. I began regimented weightlifting at the age of 15, going on to compete in bodybuilding for two years. It was during this time I began training others; seeking my NASM certification to both increase my knowledge and to further refine my technique in teaching others. It is my hope that my unique and expansive background not only get my clients to their goals but also make them more knowledgeable about the world of fitness.

Acrobatics, running, Netflix

Describe your personal fitness goal::
Get stronger and develop active mobility while maintaining my current size.

What are your favorite exercises?
Pull ups, Squat to Press, Pullover, Atomic push up (TRX knee tuck)

What keeps you motivated to live a healthy lifestyle?
I am constantly inspired by those who have achieved greatness, either in development of their body and/or it’s capacity for impressive and breathtaking movement.

What’s your biggest obstacle to living a healthy lifestyle? How do you overcome it?
Patience – a lot of progress and change is imperceivable or non-linear, so having trust in my training and recognizing that my goals are worth the time invested is important.

Go-to preworkout
Clementines! Or some granola. Otherwise, I’ll have a regular meal 60-90 minutes before.

Go-to postworkout
Clementines, a banana or a protein bar.

What’s your favorite cheat meal?
Stove top popped corn with olive oil and a dash of salt or 85% cacao chocolate bar.

What’s your favorite dessert?
I don’t typically crave desserts, but I guess chocolate. Most typically, sweet tea. Lactose intolerance really limits my options.

Worst excuse for missing a workout?
If I don’t have my bluetooth headphones charged, I might skip a run. I need the distraction of music or perfect weather.

What would you miss the most if you stopped working out?
The feeling of accomplishment after a good workout and euphoria after a goal is met. Maybe even more likely the passive athleticism it gives me in daily life.

Most hated fitness/nutrition myth?
The “spot reduction” myth – fat storage in specific areas [of the body] is due to them being areas of poorer circulation and your body’s hormonal state. While doing 1,000 crunches in a day won’t reveal abs, using exercise to increase my body’s demand for energy while sticking to a nutrition plan that keeps my body nourished with quality calories is much more likely to help.

Favorite song for…

  • Cardio: “I Can’t Stop” by Flux Pavilion
  • Lifting: “Jungle” by X Ambassadors
  • Walking to/driving to the gym: “Do Your Remember” by Jarryd James

My friends describe me as…
The truth? “A beast”. More PC, “An intelligent and driven athlete”

Something you might not know about me is…
I taught myself to backflip!

What is always on your grocery list?
Onions. Lots of onions for eggs, curry, naan, or with cabbage.

Best advice you ever received?
“Anything worth doing is worth doing right.”

Which superpower would you choose to have?
Time control/manipulation, I came to this conclusion after spending way too much time talking about it with friends.