women-run-300x192Have you ever heard the saying, “A body in motion tends to stay in motion”? It’s true: Regular physical activity helps keep the body moving for years to come. And since fitness and heart health go hand in hand, it’s important to understand why regular exercise is a cardio-smart choice.

Most athletes don’t just look healthy—they’re fit on the inside, too. Trained athletes often have arteries that are flexible and dilated, hearts that are strong and energized, and good blood flow. They also tend to live longer and are less prone to disease. Let’s look at why:

  • Exercise naturally boosts Nitric Oxide (NO) production by increasing blood flow and encouraging dilation of the blood vessels.
  • During exercise, NO levels increase a minimum of two to three times—and often up to seven or eight times—over the amount produced while your body is resting.
  • Healthy levels of NO support the vascular and circulatory systems, which is a clear benefit for the heart.
  • When you live an active lifestyle, your body is continually being flooded with NO.

Why is exercise good for you? It all comes back to a continual increase in NO production.

Lifelong fitness has been a big focus for me. When I exercise every morning, I know that I’m not only pushing myself to stay physically fit, but I’m also increasing NO production. Since NO can’t be supplemented, I take Niteworks® once before bedtime each night, when NO production is at its lowest. I also use a combination of Niteworks® and Prepare when I exercise. Remember: Supporting NO levels at night is important, but the benefits of Niteworks® are great during the day, too!

If fitness hasn’t been a focus of yours in the past, it’s never too late to start. Even if you’ve been exercising moderately for years, consider safely increasing your workouts. Run longer. Bike harder. Climb more hills. Lift heavier weights. Remember: Keep your body moving, and you’ll keep your body moving. For some simple tips to make exercise a regular part of your life, see Samantha Clayton’s blog, “In an exercise slump? Let’s fix that now!” at DiscoverGoodNutrition.com.

Many Independent Herbalife members are already tackling fitness by participating in a fit club. What do you do to stay physically fit?