5 Reasons to Workout (Other Than How You Look)
Why do you workout?
In honor of #NationalFitnessDay this weekend, I wanted to write a post about something that I think is insanely important. How often do you hear someone talking about the benefits of fitness beyond having that bikini body?
Yes, ultimately we all want to look good. But there's more to exercise than weight loss or a bigger booty, so here are 5 reasons to exercise that have nothing to do with how you look.
1. People who exercise are happier.
Both cardio and strength training release feel-good endorphins into the bloodstream that do exactly what they sound like. Working out for just 30 minutes 3-5 times a week can have a mood-boosting effect that lasts all week long. Exercise also reduces stress by keeping adrenaline and cortisol in check, even bringing some relief to anxiety and depression.
2. You'll Sleep Better
Sleep is everything when it comes to health and happiness. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, try exercising in the morning or mid-afternoon and I guarantee you'll get the shut-eye you need. People who exercise just 150 minutes or more per week sleep significantly better than those with no sleep.
3. Get Sick Less Often
It's no surprise that you become healthier when you work out. Exercise will boost your immune system, making it harder for you to get sick and easier for you to recover if you do.
4. Exercise Makes You Smarter
Working out will help you focus better and improve your memory. Strenuous exercise also increases brain-derived protein (BDNF), which helps us learn better, make better decisions, and retain information for longer.
5. You'll Get Stronger
Stronger muscles and bones will prevent diseases later in life like osteoarthritis and osteopenia that eat away at the skeleton causing pain and immobility. Work out so that you're able to carry your groceries into the house unassisted and lift your children onto your shoulders pain-free.
There are so many reasons to exercise, period. From looking better, to feeling better, to an increase quality of life exercise plays a huge role. So however you like to get active, get up and get to it!
If you want some help getting active, check out my website for options on training with me online or in-person. I'm also currently offering free Zoom workouts several times a week, click here to check it out.