“Self-esteem,” “self-confidence,” whatever you want to call it – exercise helps give it a boost.
7. It’S Stress-Killer
As mentioned, exercise stimulates the release of endorphins – our body’s natural “feel-good” chemical. Endorphins are also known for their stress-busting properties. Exercise forces your brain to focus on the task at hand. This makes for a potent one-two punch against stress buildup. (Bonus: exercise is also a great stress preventer.)
8. It Enhances Cognitive Function
Exercise gets your heart pumping which, in turn, feeds your brain a steady flow of blood and oxygen. Studies demonstrate that regular exercise combats oxidative stress and inflammation of the brain, as well. Lastly, neuroscientists found that exercise increases the density of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that’s vital for learning and memory.
9. It Reduces Pain
Studies show that physical activity has “favorable effects on the pain that’s associated with various conditions.” These conditions include bone and joint pain, chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, and shoulder pain, to name just a few. Additionally, exercise is shown to increase pain threshold and decrease pain perception.
10. It May Improve Your Sex Life
Keeping a regular exercise routine promotes a robust cardiovascular system, improves blood circulation, tones muscles, and enhances flexibility.
As mentioned, routine exercise also increases your self-worth. Together, these factors may help explain why working out often contributes to better sex life.
All of the evidence points to one thing: exercise is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind. (This isn’t an all-inclusive list, by the way.)
So, why don’t more people exercise? Well…
People come up with all types of excuses – and all of them are lame. “I don’t have enough time” is perhaps the most widespread (and lamest) excuse around. Everyone must watch the clock, but even some of the most hard-pressed for time find a way to fit in a quick workout.
The solution is very simple:
– Find something fun to do that also breaks a sweat (basketball, tennis, weights, etc.)
– Do it every day for 30 minutes – every day – for a month.
– If you finish this 30-day routine, the resistance you once felt will disappear, and you’ll feel much better about yourself!