When a young adult is struggling with failure to launch syndrome, many parents ask what the sure-fire way is to help their son become independent.  Unfortunately there is not a single answer that will rectify their situation, but a combo of different things that are proven to help the overall picture.  One of the things that we have seen to produce some of the most rapid results is adopting a regular exercise program into their daily schedule.  A recent article published by the Mayo Clinic explains a few benefits of regular exercise.

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“The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability.

  1. Exercise controls weight: Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn.
  2. Exercise combats health conditions and diseases:  …being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.
  3. Exercise improves mood:  Need an emotional lift?  A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
  4. Exercise boosts energy:  Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.
  5. Exercise promotes better sleep:  Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.
  6. Exercise can be fun:  Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting.”

The bottom line is that physical exercise has many different benefits, some of which may be more important than others.  In Forte Strong we mention that we provide a personal trainer who works with each of our students which is a key component Living in Balance.  Our guys are able to set their own personal fitness goals, whether it be losing weight, gaining weight, training for an event or just overall fitness, we have the team set in place that can help your young adult on his way to a healthier and more balanced life!

-The Forte Strong Family




About the Author

Matthew Arrington grew up in Southern California and has a deep fondness for the ocean and water in general. He’s lived in most of the western united states and attended school in Oregon, where he earned a few degrees in business including, marketing, leadership and organizational management and a Masters in Business. Matt has a huge passion for working with young men to increase their chances of success and credits his current success to the many positive male role models that helped him grow into manhood.