You may be exercising in order to lose weight, but that number on the scale shouldn t be your only reason for breaking a sweat. If you are doing it for weight loss alone, you are going to be more likely to give up when things aren t happening as quickly as you d like. There are plenty of reasons to workout every day that have nothing to do with weight and everything to do with your overall health and satisfaction in life. 1. Exercise provides a natural high. Exercise gives you a wonderful and natural high. A high you can achieve without any of the negative side effects you d get from drugs or alcohol. When you exercise, endorphins are released into your body, creating a positive, euphoric feeling! 2. You ll have better sex if you work out. Working out makes you feel fit. This makes you feel better about yourself which makes you feel sexier. Confidence being the sexiest trait one can possess. Resistance training can boost testosterone levels which will increase your energy, mood and sex drive. Be sure to work your large muscle groups several days a week by doing squats, lunges, push ups and bicep curls. 3. Physical activity reduces PMS symptoms. When you are feeling crampy or moody, exercise may be the last thing on your mind. But, getting a move on will help alleviate these symptoms as well as the depression that can come with PMS. 4. Exercise improves cognitive function and memory. Although more research is needed, studies have found that physically fit kids perform better on standardized tests. Even going for a walk at a moderate pace can improve cognitive functions like reasoning, memory, attention span, and the expansion of information and knowledge. Keeping your body in shape helps keep your neurons in shape. 5. Exercise is a natural antidepressant. You can beat the blues by going for a 30 minute walk.
Several studies suggest that being physically active should be a part of any treatment plan for depression. 6. Being fit will boost your confidence. When you exercise, you look better, you feel better, you gain strength and a sense of accomplishment. That rush has an effect on everything you do. When you feel better, you feel more confident and a greater sense of empowerment. 7. Exercising regularly will make you feel more energetic. If you are feeling exhausted all the time, exercise may be the answer. Drag yourself out of bed and fit a workout in first thing in the morning. You will immediately feel an energy surge that can carry you through the rest of your day. 8. An exercise regimen will help you sleep better. Physical activity helps to keep yourВcircadian rhythm in check. Plan your workout during the day and avoid doing it too close to your bedtime. 9. Exercise relieves stress. Exercise is one of the fastest, and most effective, ways to clear stress hormones from your body. Exercise can help you calm down and relax. 10. It will help you tap into your creativity. Studies have shown that creative thinking is improved by walking. So, take a stroll, inside or out. Bring your phone so you can record your ideas without missing a step. 11. Strengthens bones and muscles. By the time we are in our 30s, we ve reached peak bone and muscle mass. By our 40s, we begin to lose it. With proper nutrition and regular exercise (specifically resistance training), we can slow or even reverse this process. Keeping bones and muscles strong helps you stay more aerobically fit and leaner. What s more, it can reduce your risk of osteoporosis. 12. You llВlook and feel younger. Exercise is the fountain of youth. It doesn t stop the clock but it sure will slow it down. When you exercise you are infusing your energy levels.
You ll look better and feel better. You ll be healthier. There you have it, lots of reasons to exercise that have nothing to do with weight loss! What are your reasons for banging out a daily sweat session? Need workout ideas? Get a year s worth of workouts on demand withВSweatflixв! Source:
Exercise is one of the best ways to avoid chronic diseases like and, as well as an early death. But it can be tough to squeeze into a schedule: Health experts about 150 minutes of moderate activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous, breath-sapping exercise, each week. Since daily exercise isn t realistic for everyone, researchers decided to study whether people who tend to cram their weekly exercise into one or two days on the weekend (so-called weekend warriors ) get the same benefits as those who exercise daily. In the new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine, they found that how often a person exercises might not make a difference in determining how long a person lives. Gary O Donovan, a research associate in the Exercise as Medicine program at Loughborough University in England, and his colleagues analyzed data from national health surveys of more than 63,000 people, conducted in England and Scotland. People who said they exercised only one or two days a week lowered their risk of dying early from any cause by 30% to 34%, compared to people who were inactive. But what was more remarkable was that people who exercised most days of the week lowered their risk by 35%: not very different from those who exercised less. The findings support the idea that some physical activity even if it s less than what the guidelines prescribe helps avoid premature death. Researchers saw benefits for people who squeezed the entire recommended 150 minutes per week into one or two days, as well as for people who didn t quite meet that threshold and exercised less.
Exercise was also effective at reducing the risk of heart-related death. The people who exercised regularly and those who exercised a couple days a week both cut their risk by about 40%. Again, the frequency of exercise didn t seem to matter. The same was true for risk of death from cancer. Those who exercised whether it was every day or only a few days lowered their risk of dying from cancer by 18% to 21%, compared to those who didn t exercise. This risk reduction was true whether they met the recommended physical activity requirements or not. The main point our study makes is that frequency of exercise is not important, says O Donovan. There really doesn t seem to be any additional advantage to exercising regularly. If that helps people, then I m happy. The results remained significant even after O Donovan accounted for other variables that could explain the relationship, including a person s starting BMI. In fact, the benefits were undeniable for people of all weights, including people who were overweight and obese. That should be heartening to anyone who finds it hard to carve out time for physical activity every day. Not that you can slack off: O Donovan stresses that his results focus specifically on moderate-to-vigorous exercise people did in their free time, and they do not apply to housework or physical activity on the job, since the surveys didn t ask about those. The study does, however, include brisk walking, which he says is a good way to start an exercise regimen for people eager to take advantage of the findings. This is new evidence, and perhaps guidelines have to be revisited as new evidence emerges, says O Donovan. In the meantime, it s clear that exercise even if it s only on the weekends is a worthwhile addition to your routine.