16 Reasons to Move – Besides Weight Loss

In my last post about Joyful Movement, I asked you why you work out.  I’m guessing that included in your answer was weight or body shape related.  But when that becomes your sole reason for moving, you’re likely going to fall off the consistency wagon at some point.  


Here are 16 Reasons to move besides weight loss:


  • Boosts your energy
  • Increases productivity
  • Increases creativity
  • Boosts your mood
  • Decreases anxiety and depression
  • Makes daily tasks easier
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Reduces food cravings
  • Reduces your risk of dying
  • Increases longevity
  • Lowers risk for alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis
  • Self expression
  • You were born for it!


It’s important to note that ANY movement can be either joyful movement or punishing movement, depending on your mindset, reasons for doing it, and how it feels to your body.  My next post will feature 39 ideas for practicing joyful movement to get you thinking and moving creatively.

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