Most of us workout or enter into a fitness program because we want to look a certain way, it makes us feel sexy, look more toned, fit into our favorite jeans better or helps us exude more confidence. All of those are FABULOUS reasons to exercise, but there are endless benefits to exercise that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
1.) Exercise strengthens your bones. Most people don’t know this, but as we age our bones become thinner and they weaken over time. Strength or weight bearing exercises strengthen your bones, decreasing your risk of Osteoporosis.
2.) It improves your sleep. After a workout the body cues the brain that it’s time for sleep resulting in a better night’s sleep which allows you to tackle the following day at full throttle.
3.) Exercise can have an extreme effect on our mood. It decreases feelings of depression and anxiety. When we exercise we release endorphins, the happy chemical which can put us in a state of euphoria naturally decreasing mood swings and stress.
4.) Boost your immune system. Regular exercise can boost your immunity and reduce your risk of serious illnesses like diabetes and even some cancers. Now if that’s not a benefit to get moving I don’t know what is!
5.) It helps with brain function. Physical activity improves learning abilities and your memory, especially over time. Studies show regular exercise can reduce your risk of memory loss and Alzheimer’s.
6.) It can increase sex drive. It naturally improves your stamina and libido; basically it gets you in the mood and decreases the risks of sexual dysfunction. Now we’re talkin’!!
7.) It boosts your metabolism. Exercise expends calories but did you know it can increase your metabolism even while you sleep? The more muscle mass you have on your body the more calories you’ll burn all the time. So don’t fear the weights!
8.) It strengthens your heart. The most important muscle in the body is the heart… and just like other muscles; exercise strengthens it when the cardiovascular system is working efficiently.
So the next time you are feeling unmotivated, just think of some of these amazing health benefits you will be missing out on if you quit your routine!
Before beginning any exercise program please consult with your physician or health care professional.
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