10 Reasons Why Taking Care Of Your Body Should Never Be Optional

How To Become Wealthy

We’ve all listened to the broken record titled: “Health is Wealth”. It features hit songs such as “Health is not valued till sickness comes”.

It’s a multi-selling album and it highlights that most of us know that taking care of our health is important. Yet, in an article published on CBS News in May 2013, it was highlighted that 80 percent of American adults don’t get recommended exercise.

It defines “recommended exercise” as at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity, or a combination of both. That’s an average of 30 minutes, training five times a week.

30 minutes per day? Miniscule if you ask me, considering the average person watches in excess of 2 hours of television daily.

Whilst we all know that regular exercise is important, statements like “health is wealth” are too general and don’t strike a chord hard enough to jolt you into action. Even if it does, that action is not consistent enough.

From experience, I have seen the power of listing the benefits of any activities you engage in. It is the benefits of running that I listed on day one of my running, that have kept me going strong 6 years into my running.

As such, I’ve listed the benefits of exercise. There are plenty more. But I have listed ones that have made an impact in my life and I hope they can assist in getting you to either start exercising or exercise regularly.

Perhaps, these benefits can inspire you to come up with your own benefits to ensure you don’t fall off the exercise wagon.

1. It saves money

We all moan and groan about gym membership, not to mention the personal trainer fees.

For those of you who are more conservative and prefer exercising at home, home gym equipment isn’t cheap either.

Running – the cheapest form of exercise – also attracts its fair share of costs. Running shoes and apparel costs have shot through the roof.

I can go on and on, listing the expenses related to exercise. But those expenses can never be compared to the costs linked to ill-health. Apart from my annual medical check-up, me and doctor visits are a thing of the past.

From this perspective, it is undeniable that regular exercise saves money.

2. It makes you younger

I’m 33 as I write this post. Many a times, I’ve been told I don’t look a day older than 30. I absolutely love that compliment because I don’t feel a day older than 30. Below is a recent pic of me and my exercise buddies:


Just over a decade ago – at age 23, I looked much older (as you can see from the pic below):


Without a shadow of doubt, regular exercise makes you look younger than your peers, provided your eating habits are kept in-check.

3. It helps you get quality sleep

Sleep has become an absolute luxury. In an article titled: Six in ten don’t get enough sleep: iPads, smartphones and other gadgets blamed for growing problem, Daily Mail highlights that the quality and quantity of our sleep has deteriorated.

When I read this, I realised how fortunate and blessed I was. When I sleep, I sleep good and proper.

The reason for my good quality sleep?

Studies conducted and published on National Sleep Foundation show that physical activity impacts overall quality of sleep. It says the following: “Increasingly, the scientific evidence is encouraging as regular physical activity may serve as a non-pharmaceutical alternative to improve sleep.”

Insomnia and sleeping tablets can be a thing of the past if you start making exercise a part of your lifestyle.

4. It helps you cut addictions

Are you addicted to sex, booze, cigarettes or drugs?

Are you struggling to break these imprisoning habits?

I know I was once a slave to alcohol and sex. That’s all I lived for – parties, alcohol and getting laid. Trust me, it wasn’t cool, as is evidenced by the picture below:

Drunk as a skunk

Drunk as a skunk

Enter running and exercise into my life, and those habits began to diminish slowly but surely. 6 years into my running, I am now a slave of good living and a healthy lifestyle.


Incredibly liberating, to say the least!

5. Acts as an antidepressant

I can’t count the number of times I’ve felt crap when starting a run and then come back on top of the world.

Quite literally, running gives me a high.

Exercise is no different. Think of the spinning classes – the music, atmosphere and often, the crazy, energetic instructors – and you’ll realise that it is difficult to argue that exercise is an effective anti-depressant.

Whilst anti-depressants have side-effects and are short-term in nature, regular exercise is a long-lasting anti-depressant, with very little or no side-effects.

6. Enhances your problem-solving ability

Life is riddled with challenges – each and every day.

If you are a student, passing essentially assesses your ability to solve problems.

If you are employed or a business owner, your income is earned primarily because you solve problems.

Solving problems and thinking out the box is directly correlated to your brain power.

BrainHq, in an article titled “Physical Exercise for Brain Health”, highlights that

“Exercise affects the brain on multiple fronts. It increases heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain. It also aids the bodily release of a plethora of hormones, all of which participate in aiding and providing a nourishing environment for the growth of brain cells.”

The next time you struggle to find a solution to a problem, remember that regular exercise could very well be your answer.

7. It helps you overcome allergies and chronic diseases

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America released a report with startling allergy facts and figures.

The Annual US Prevalence Statistics for Chronic Diseases shows that Asthma and allergies strike 1 out of 5 Americans.

The report goes on to say that there are no cures for allergies. Allergies can be managed with proper prevention and treatment.

It’s quite clear from the above that allergies and chronic diseases are a pain in the bum.

This is an issue very close to my heart because I suffered from Asthma from birth. At one stage in my life, I could hardly run one kilometre. Today, thanks to exercise, I am able to complete the Comrades Marathon, an 87 km run dubbed “The Ultimate Human Race”. Not only that, I truly believe that my asthma is cured and a thing of the past.

8. It helps protect your vision

I spend an incredible amount of time in front of my laptop screen – researching and compiling content for this very blog you are on. As a result, over the years, my eye-sight has deteriorated.

Since I started exercising, I’m experiencing vast improvements in my eyesight because studies show that cardiovascular exercise protects your vision.

Granted, running will never replace a pair of reading glasses or contact lenses. But, it goes a long way in preserving your eyesight.

9. You become a role model

The world needs more leaders and role models.

Whether you believe it or not – people are watching. Be it family, friends or colleagues, people are watching. Some from a distance, others in close proximity. Some for good intentions, others with “not so good” intentions.

In the past 6 years, I get encouraged by the fact that I have contributed positively to other people’s lives. Every time I go for my runs, I get taxi drivers hooting, whistling, punching their fists in the air – all in the name of spurring me on.

The South African taxi industry is riddled with all sorts of negative labels. And yet, each and every day, I see the few whose paradigm is completely different. In fact, such was my conviction, I had to share the following story:


I can’t begin to articulate the satisfaction I get from knowing that my simple routine of exercise contributes positively to ordinary folk in the street.

10. Helps you live a fulfilling life

I mentioned earlier that regular exercise makes you look younger. Not only do you look younger, you feel and ultimately become younger.

But, it’s pointless looking and feeling younger if you can’t make use of that vitality.

That’s where fulfilment comes in. You need to live every day wholeheartedly, driven by a deep sense of personal inspiration.

Exercise, draining as it can get, gives you energy. Use it fruitfully. Exercise enables you to live longer. Make full use of that opportunity.

Leave a legacy. Do something special. It doesn’t have to be massive or rocket science.

I spend a lot of my time on this very blog you are reading in order to make the mission of the blog come to life. My encouragement to you is get out there and “Run A Fulfilling Life Race”.


We live in a crazy, time-pressured world. Sadly, we’ve become money and career chasers, at the expense of many other things – including our health.

It’s sad that more than 80% of society can’t even find 30 minutes per day to take care of their bodies – the very vehicle needed to enjoy the money and careers we chase. Yet, most of that 80% of society dedicates hours everyday to watching television.

I really hope this post will help you see the incredible value of regular exercise. Not only that, I hope the benefits will haunt you every time you think of quitting your exercise routine.

God Bless!

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