1. Reduces blood pressure
2. Reduces cholesterol levels
3. Increases the concentration of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol in the blood)
4. Reduces chances for coronary heart disease
5. Increases efficiency of heart and lowers resting heart rate
6. Makes heart muscles stronger
7. Improves contractile function of the heart
8. Strengthens lungs
9. Improves respiratory function
10. Improves cardiovascular endurance and performance
11. Provides more oxygen to body, including organs and muscles
12. Provides more nutrient supply to the body
13. Reduces chances for stroke
14. Helps to alleviate varicose veins
15. Increases metabolic rate
16. Stimulates digestion
17. Makes digestion more efficient
18. Stimulates intestinal movements, resulting in better elimination of wastes
19. Reduces changes for colon cancer
20. Strengthens and develops muscles
21. Increases efficiency of muscles
22. Benefits joints due to stronger muscles
23. Helps maintain cartilage health in the joints
24. Eases muscular tension
25. Alleviates back problems
26. Increases muscle flexible and agility
27. Improves speed of muscle contraction and reaction time
28. More healthy skin due to the fact that skin pores open more during exercise, resulting in more efficient removal of dirt and impurities
29. Burns up and removes toxins from body
30. Increases blood flow to the brain
31. Stimulates growth of nerve cells in memory center of the brain
32. Improves various indexes of psychological functioning
33. Enhances brain functioning by increasing the amount of oxygen available to it
34. Increases sense of well being
35. Increases resistance to pain because endorphin levels are elevated
36. Increases sense of excitement because hormone epinephrine is elevated
37. Alleviates boredom
38. Lessens worry and tension
39. Reduces stress by removing lactic acid from blood
40. Alleviates anxiety and/or pain because tranquilizing effect of exercise lasts for several hours
41. Enhances mood
42. Reduces anxiety more effectively and safely than anxiety-reducing medication
43. Boosts energy
44. Improves self-esteem and self-confidence since body and mind are improved and strengthened
45. Increases sense of self control
46. Provides source of pleasure and fun
47. Releases anger and negative emotions
48. Reduces depression more effective than short or long-term psychotherapy
49. Enhances coordination, power, timing and balance
50. Boosts immune system functioning
51. Reduces severity of asthma
52. Improves functioning of organs
53. Can relieve tension headaches
54. Can reduce the urge to smoke because the adrenaline rush and stress relief from a brief workout can replace similar feelings smokers get from tobacco
55. Burns calories
56. Causes body to use calories more efficiently
57. Causes weight loss
58. Allows one to keep lost weight from returning
59. Can act as an appetite suppressant
60. Decreases fat tissue
61. Improves physical appearance
62. Enhances one’s image and opinion of the body
63. Improves bone density and prevents osteoporosis
64. Reduces joint discomfort
65. Help manage arthritis
66. Allows one to feel better about their bodies and enjoy sex more as a result
67. Provides enhanced ability to achieve orgasm
68. Allows for greater sexual satisfaction
69. Can reduce or eliminate impotence due to increased blood flow
70. Prevents or manages type 2 diabetes
71. Helps insulin work better, lowering blood sugar
72. Has a significant salutary effect on fibrinogen levels
73. Alleviates menstrual cramps
74. Improves athletic performance
75. Can add years to one’s life
76. Enhances quality of life
77. Reduces pain and disability
78. Improves glycogen storage
79. Reduces risk of developing certain types of cancers of the colon, prostate, uterine lining and breast and other chronic diseases
80. Regulates hormones
81. Allows you to overcome illness or injury more quickly
82. Can lessen medical bills
83. Reduces anxiety by causing fewer worries about health
84. Can allow for better performance at work
85. Allows one to stay independent as they get older
86. Can keep health care insurance premiums lower
87. Makes one more attractive to potential mates
88. Allows for healthy pregnancy
89. Increases energy and ability to do things one likes
90. Allows you to be more productive and less stymied by stress and depression
91. Can help make possible increased income due to increased energy
92. Allows one to become more familiar with their body and its functioning
93. Can stimulate mentally
94. Lets one eat more without gaining weight
95. Provides a healthy break from work
96. Adds variety and spice to life
97. Gives one increased ability to defend oneself and loved ones if needed
98. Provides a natural high afterwards, such as runners’ high
99. Provides heightened alertness
100. Reduces inflammation


I’m certain some of you were hoping to find a good scientific excuse not to incorporate exercise into your regular routine, but the surveys are in and the results have concluded, “it’s a must.”

Smile, accept the reality and begin moving your gluteus maximus (buttocks!) It’s pretty hard to argue against 100 benefits.


When was the last time your doctor provided a treatment recommendation like this in place of a drug?


The previous list compiled at SLEEP LIKE THE DEAD explain the effects of exercise. I believe any company willing to compile a list like this is worthy of praise and honorable mention as well as a direct link for all readers interested in viewing their website. Although I have no relationship with this organization, I want to make certain they are given full credit as the source for the previous list. Kudos for their efforts and contributions informing the public on products and lifestyles that improve quality living.   



  1. YES!! I have never regretted a workout I did. I have only regretted the ones I didn’t do.

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    1. Love the way you worded your comment. Exercise is a “tool” that helps us physically, mentally and emotionally live better quality lives. It ratchets up our capabilities to function efficiently giving us greater energy reserves for the choices we make in life. It helps us LIVE LIFE rather than merely be ENTITIES in LIFE.
      Keep challenging yourself and reap the rewards!


  2. Even though I have pain issues when doing certain kinds of exercises, I make sure I get it in every day. Lately, its been on the bike. Soon, it will be outside, walking. I can’t wait!!!

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    1. Each person must find the exercise that works best with their body. The only wrong exercise is NO EXERCISE.


  3. Well that’s 100 good enough reasons for me…. 🙂

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    1. You are a man on a mission. You have found your focus and looking well into the future to attain your goals. Nothing will stop you, Cameron.

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      1. I am trying Doc. Everyday is still a challenge so I just hope I can get through to the end…..

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  4. Great reasons. And those are just the beginning. I am sure there are many more.

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    1. Sometimes people just need a little reminder. 100 reasons makes for a convincing argument. I hope people were able to read this and smile, ponder and lastly begin adding activities to their lives to start this important process. Exercise itself is not that difficult; INITIATING the activity is the biggest hurdle.


  5. I hate exercise and sweating. I make myself do it every day (minus one active rest day) because I know it’s an essential tool for me to lose weight. I’m also very focused on what I eat because that is a bigger component for change.

    My doctor actually has made recommendations like your cartoon to me. He tells me how to cook, what to eat, how to exercise, etc. I understand that doesn’t usually happen though (it never did with my previous doctor).

    Actually, I’m going to send you an email! I have something to tell you/ask you.

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    1. Glad to hear your current physician is so progressive providing treatment recommendations. I think you will benefit greatly with this type of modern approach to health care.

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  6. That’s what my MD would reccomment…she is an outdoor gal…her and her husband are always hiking and doing outdoorsy things….so she is all for nature and natural vs indoor activity and processed food….I could feel you passion in your list of pro’s for exercise…infact it made me smile…exercise has done nothing but improve my health and well being as a human…Jonathan another great post!!!…kat

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  7. A comment like yours will help another reader dreading exercise think about it twice. You are a real living example proving exercise can transition one’s life into a healthier and happier outcome. Keep fighting the tough fight. Every step forward (regardless of size) puts you one step further in the right direction.


  8. After reading this amazing post, I don’t think anyone would disagree about the benefits of exercising. The problem lays to the “over-commercialization” of working out and healthy lifestyle. This leads to people doing it because it’s a trend and everyone does it but really, all the reasons you stated should be the real motivation of those who are into healthy lifestyle. Thank you!


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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I agree that health has become an industry more focused on profit than people. I hope my writing helps to empower people to take control of their lives to maximize both health and happiness. I’m glad you took your time to stop by for a browsing. It is greatly appreciated.


  9. i’ve come across ‘sleep like the dead’ a long time ago, slept on a tempurpedic for a while ‘cuz of it. best sleep i ever had after long cardio! 😀

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    1. Glad to see you found the benefit of the relationship between exercise and sleep. Hope the rest of your life reflects a balance to enhance the quality of your life.

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      1. thank you very much!

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  10. 101. It feels good when U stop. 😉

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    1. From personal experience, I couldn’t agree more! 🙂

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