By Danielle Wirick, MS, CSCS, FMSC

You all know how important exercise is to your good health. But it’s so easy to fall off the “exercise wagon” over the holidays!  Here are a few stats to help you realize how important it is to keep yourself on track!

  1. Engaging in daily physical activity may be almost as effective as a flu vaccine for lowering the odds of succumbing to an acute respiratory infection. Researchers saw a “40%-50% reduction in respiratory infections among (regular exercisers compared to the control-group subjects.)”
  2. The Sleep in America poll found that more than 75% of exercisers reported good or fairly good sleep in the weeks leading up to the poll.
  3. Exercise, even in small doses, directly affects which genes are expressed, causing fat cells to function differently.
  4. Exercise boosts the brain and can reduce hippocampal volume loss, increasing memory function and improve overall brain health.
  5. Long-term exercise protects the inner lining of blood vessels from age-related changes.
  6. According to a study in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, people who exercised moderately in the 15 years prior to the study were 25% less likely to have low ocular perfusion pressure – a risk factor for glaucoma – than those who were inactive.