Have you been wanting to start working out, but you have something holding you back? Maybe you are nervous about injury, maybe you are just overwhelmed and you don’t know where to start. Whatever reason you have for holding back, let’s talk about what benefits we can gain from regular exercise and why you should start working out soon.
To help motivate you, here are 17 ways that regular exercise benefits your life:
- Better heart health. We all know that in order to live a long, healthy life we need to have a healthy heart. Regular exercise assists in keep your heart healthy.
- Weight loss. Regular exercise helps to maintain your weight. Or, it may help you lose any excess weight that you may have that is causing other health concerns.
- Better sleep. Once you have had a workout routine in place for several months, you will find that you sleep much better.
- Makes you happier. Exercise boosts endorphins which are known to create feelings of happiness. People who regularly exercise are known to be happier than those who don’t.
- Boosted immune system. Regular exercise helps to improve your immune system which means fewer colds and sicknesses.
- Stronger muscles. Regular exercise helps to maintain and grow your strength, which is important especially as you age.
- Stronger bones. The more weight bearing exercise you do, the stronger and more dense your bones will be. This is a huge benefit for women as we age.
- Longer lifespan. Working out 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week can increase your lifespan by over 3 years.
- Better memory. Regular exercise has been proven to boost the size of the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that is responsible for memory.
- Reduces stress. Exercise has been proven to increase concentrations of norepinephrine. This is the chemical that helps our brains response to stress.
- Boosts your self esteem. We could all use a little bit of a self-esteem boost from time to time. Working out makes us feel good, which in turn makes us feel good about ourselves.
The Final 6 Reasons:
- Helps with addiction. Remember those endorphins that we were talking about? When you work out, you release endorphins. These can create a “high” similar to that of an addiction, only this “high” is much better for you!
- Makes you more productive. Many studies have shown that active people tend to be far more productive than those with a sedentary lifestyle.
- Gives you a chance to enjoy the outdoors. How often do you get outside? Going walking, cycling or hiking gives you the chance to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and get some fresh air.
- Reduces anxiety. Those endorphins are at it again! Releasing endorphins through exercise has been proven in studies to relieve anxiety in those who have been diagnosed with the disorder.
- You are setting a good example. If you have children and they see you working out regularly, you are setting a great example for them. Children who witness and participate in physical activity with their parents are more likely to stay healthy through their childhood and adulthood.
- It’s fun. There are so many fun things that you can do for exercise. Exercise doesn’t mean you have to strap yourself to a treadmill. Pick up a ball or a frisbee and play catch, go swimming with your kids or play a game of basketball. The possibilities are endless.