What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of exercise? Weight loss? Fitness? Health? Muscle? Whatever it is, we can assure you that it’s probably just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to to overall benefits. Here’s 10 reasons you need to exercise…
1. Exercise is the best antidepressant
It’s a big claim, but exercise rightly holds the top spot as one of the most effective, natural forms of antidepressant. Consistent exercise has the ability to fight and sometimes even reverse the onset of depression and stress, without the use of drugs. Research indicates that individuals suffering from symptoms of such conditions and who did regular exercise were able to improve their condition just as much as to those using medication. The even better news? Follow up studies frequently find that the positive effects of exercise stuck around longer than those created by meds.
2. Makes you more creative
Ever find yourself with writer’s block, lacking enthusiasm to finish an essay or just need to inject some mental inspiration? You may find a quick exercise fix may be all you need! Studies indicate that light to moderate physical activity can improve and enhance both convergent and divergent thinking, both of which are directly associated with one’s creative efforts.
3. Helps you sleep
Regular, uninterrupted sleep is one of the most important aspects of your overall health and wellbeing. Good quality sleep will enable your body to sufficiently recover from exercise sessions, recharges your energy and helps metabolise stress hormones. Exercise has been linked to decreased risks of insomnia and sleepless whilst also promoting higher quality sleep patterns. You may also want to check out these quick steps to better sleep for more tips to getting a better night’s rest!
4. Helps fight disease
This one isn’t as common knowledge as those mentioned above. Your body’s immune system works through the functioning of important cells within in. Exercise actually helps increase the productive rate of these cells, making you better equipped in the fight against colds and other viruses. Not only will you be less likely to experience certain illnesses but if you do, your body will likely fight them off a lot quicker than if you were sedentary.
5. It boosts your self esteem
When you feel good about yourself on the outside, you feel good about yourself on the inside. Exercisers frequently report less negative thoughts about their body image and their overall self esteem. You’ll have more self confidence to not only succeed in the gym but in your everyday life as well.
6. It makes you better at your job
Exercise makes workers smarter, more productive, less stressed and more creative, among other things. If you want to get the most from your work, don’t neglect your training. Read our article on how exercise makes you a better employee for more information!
7. It makes you tough!
Anyone who trains, whether that’s lifting weights, preparing for a marathon or just wanting to shred some stubborn belly fat, knows it requires perseverance. How else are you going to get that last rep, or run that last mile when you’re drowned in fatigue? That mental state, that perseverance, can serve individuals well in everyday life: be it at work, in their relationships or elsewhere. If you’ve got the mind set and discipline to push through relentless, intensive workouts, you’re also likely to have the same mind set when it comes to other non-gym related challenges.
8. Exercise can strengthen your bones
We’re all getting older and as we do, our bones are becoming weaker and more prone to conditions like osteoporosis. Certain physical activities like resistance training can help strengthen bone and can sometimes stimulate new bone growth. In time, this can significantly alleviate (and sometimes reverse) weakening and thinning bones.
9. Exercise gives you energy
Find yourself getting dragged down by weekly shopping or daily chores? Exercise will improve every aspect of your fitness, endurance and strength that will make simple physical errand a breeze! The delivery rate of oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and cardiovascular system is increased in conjunction with hard working heart and lungs, exercise. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your everyday life.
10. It can re-boost your sex life!
We’ve saved the best till last! If you struggle or sometimes feel too tired to enjoy physical intimacy, then a quick exercise could be all you need! The energy boosting properties of exercise and physical activity can leave you feeling and looking great, which is bond to have a positive rebound effect on your sex life. Exercise can also lead to increase arousal in women and a reduced likelihood of erectile dysfunction in men. The result? A better sex life, which in itself, can have positive health effects.
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