You may be exercising in order to lose weight, but that number on the scale shouldn’t be your only reason for breaking a sweat. If you are doing it for weight loss alone, you are going to be more likely to give up when things aren’t happening as quickly as you’d like. There are plenty of reasons to workout every day that have nothing to do with weight and everything to do with your overall health and satisfaction in life.
Here are 12 amazing reasons to get out there and get moving and exercise every day:
1. Exercise provides a natural high.
Exercise gives you a wonderful and natural high. A high you can achieve without any of the negative side effects you’d get from drugs or alcohol. When you exercise, endorphins are released into your body, creating a positive, euphoric feeling!
2. You’ll have better sex if you work out.
Working out makes you feel fit. This makes you feel better about yourself which makes you feel sexier. Confidence being the sexiest trait one can possess. Resistance training can boost testosterone levels which will increase your energy, mood and sex drive. Be sure to work your large muscle groups several days a week by doing squats, lunges, push ups and bicep curls.
3. Physical activity reduces PMS symptoms.
When you are feeling crampy or moody, exercise may be the last thing on your mind. But, getting a move on will help alleviate these symptoms as well as the depression that can come with PMS.
4. Exercise improves cognitive function and memory.
Although more research is needed, studies have found that physically fit kids perform better on standardized tests. Even going for a walk at a moderate pace can improve cognitive functions like reasoning, memory, attention span, and the expansion of information and knowledge. Keeping your body in shape helps keep your neurons in shape.
5. Exercise is a natural antidepressant.
You can beat the blues by going for a 30 minute walk. Several studies suggest that being physically active should be a part of any treatment plan for depression.
6. Being fit will boost your confidence.
When you exercise, you look better, you feel better, you gain strength and a sense of accomplishment. That rush has an effect on everything you do. When you feel better, you feel more confident and a greater sense of empowerment.
7. Exercising regularly will make you feel more energetic.
If you are feeling exhausted all the time, exercise may be the answer. Drag yourself out of bed and fit a workout in first thing in the morning. You will immediately feel an energy surge that can carry you through the rest of your day.
8. An exercise regimen will help you sleep better.
Physical activity helps to keep your circadian rhythm in check. Plan your workout during the day and avoid doing it too close to your bedtime.
9. Exercise relieves stress.
Exercise is one of the fastest, and most effective, ways to clear stress hormones from your body. Exercise can help you calm down and relax.
10. It will help you tap into your creativity.
Studies have shown that creative thinking is improved by walking. So, take a stroll, inside or out. Bring your phone so you can record your ideas without missing a step.
11. Strengthens bones and muscles.
By the time we are in our 30s, we’ve reached peak bone and muscle mass. By our 40s, we begin to lose it. With proper nutrition and regular exercise (specifically resistance training), we can slow or even reverse this process. Keeping bones and muscles strong helps you stay more aerobically fit and leaner. What’s more, it can reduce your risk of osteoporosis.
12. You’ll look and feel younger.
Exercise is the fountain of youth. It doesn’t stop the clock but it sure will slow it down. When you exercise you are infusing your energy levels. You’ll look better and feel better. You’ll be healthier.
There you have it, lots of reasons to exercise that have nothing to do with weight loss!
What are your reasons for banging out a daily sweat session?