There are countless of reasons why exercise is so awesome. Already on the bandwagon? Great! Need some excuses to exercise? Consider the following:
Your self-esteem skyrockets: When you take control over your body and your life, it shows. You look better, feel better and are more confident in your day to day activities. Who hasn’t seen someone who is obviously basking in the glow of fitness? Even better: your confidence in yourself oozes into many other parts of your life. Next thing you know, your friends and coworkers notice, and compliments and promotions are likely to follow. And when your significant other notices? Now that’s a whole other story!
When you maintain a solid level of fitness, your stress levels drastically lower. All those bumps in the road of life are much easier to take when you take care of your body. When you exercise, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Your good attitude is contagious. Many report feeling better around those who feel better about themselves, so do your loved ones a favor and keep fit, for their sake and yours. Bonus: when your stress levels are decreased, you sleep much better. And when you sleep better, you’re better able to handle life’s stressors. It’s a wonderful cycle, and it all starts with exercise.
Those who exercise have greatly reduced risks for all sorts of health problems. Did you know that regular exercise decreases your risk of cardiac arrest, many cancers (including breast), osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease? Now you know, so get moving!
Nothing battles depression and lack of mental focus better than exercise. Research shows that consistent physical fitness keeps our brains functioning at higher levels than those who don’t exercise regularly. And for those who are down in the dumps, it’s usually nothing that a good, old fashioned endorphin rush won’t cure. You see, exercise releases hefty amounts of endorphins, also known as the hormones that make you feel good. When you’re basking in the glow of an endorphin rush, nothing can slow you down.
Speaking of slowing down, exercise increases your energy levels like nobody’s business. Combining exercise and good nutrition puts your body in a heightened state of efficiency. And when your body’s running at peak function, it’s much harder to slow it down. Caffeine drinks will make you edgy, and ultimately result in an energy crash. Exercise, however, provides long-term, consistent energy release capable of getting you through the whole day with flying colors.
Finally exercise just downright makes you look radiant. Your skin glows with vitality. Many skin disorders actually improve* or even diminish when you exercise regularly. Your hair shines, and typically grows longer and stronger, same goes for those weak nails. Once you start exercising, you walk tall and proud as a result of your improved* posture.
With all these benefits, who wouldn’t want to become a fitness buff? As always, it’s best to consult your doctor before embarking on any fitness plans. See you at the gym!