Even though my twins are only two years old, I think about all the fun things to come. I think about their first day of school, their first dates, graduation, marriage and even playing with my grandchildren. It's important for me to do what I can now to make sure I am around to witness all these firsts for my boys. I exercise for many reasons, but the fact that I can decrease my mortality by 50% just by doing the minimum 150 minutes of exercise a week is what gets me off the couch and on a run.
There are so many health benefits to exercising and I have written about many of them, but if I listed all of them it would be pages and pages long. In a nut shell exercising helps you live longer. Just by doing a little exercise it has been proven to decrease mortality rate by 50%. The intensity of the exercise is important for losing weight and getting into great shape, but for basic health issues, you don't have to go hard. Just do what you can do in the time that you have. 150 minutes a week can be done any way you like. You can do an hour a few days a week or 30 minutes five days a week or ten minutes here and ten minutes there. The key is to just move!
I'm sure you can look around and find reasons why you would like to live a long healthy life. Maybe it's for your kids, grandchildren, or just because you have a long list of great things you want to accomplish in this lifetime. Exercise can get you there. Find the time and just do it!