Sharpen cognitive processes like analysis and creativity.
Reduce the risk of cardio-vascular disease and diabetes.
Cut the odds of dying by dementia in half.
"Aerobic exercise is the key for your head, just as it is for your heart. It has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress."
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What do we know?
We know a few important things:
We know that obesity trends and diabetes have moved rapidly in the wrong direction.
We know that deaths from dementia have increased 66% for men and 92% for women over the last 30 years.
We know that active lifestyle habits can go a long way toward preventing diabetes, heart disease and dementia.
We know that exercise provides a significant boost to our mental health. (see image above)
We know that over 30% of the population can be categorized as 'sedentary' with regard to lifestyle habits - or more than 100 million people in the U.S.
We know that 90% of people who are not satisfied with their fitness status are motivated to improve their physical condition but that the majority do not exercise regularly.
So motivation is a necessary but not sufficient condition for adopting active lifestyle habits. Just because someone is motivated does not mean that their motivation translates directly into behavior.