We know you’re busy and there are so many things that require your time and attention. Family schedules are hectic, emails are coming in like crazy, and there are events to be at, dinners to make, and other responsibilities to attend to.
And while all of those things may be true, there is still time to get a workout in a few times a week. Before you start protesting, pleading, pouting, or coming up with another excuse, hear us out! We’re going to take you through 20 reasons why you should work out today. Whether it’s five minutes of ab exercises, an extended walk around the neighborhood, or a deep stretch, no amount of effort is too small. So keep reading and be ready to lace up your sneakers by the end of it!
1. Promotes weight loss
Yes, this is the most obvious one, but it makes sense that the more calories you burn through movement, the more weight you can lose (as well as inches). Of course, this is in combination with a nutritious diet that helps you stay in a caloric deficit.
2. Puts you in a better mood
Who doesn’t want to be uplifted and in a better mood? We could all use an extra dose of feel-good energy, and exercise helps release endorphins that give our brains that extra boost.
3. Relieves stress
There are so many stressors in our everyday lives, and the past two years haven’t made things any easier. Having a dedicated time to let it all out during a workout can be a great way to physically and mentally relieve some of that stress and tension.
4. Creates healthy habits
Starting something new and turning it into a routine is hard, but the more you do it, the easier it gets. If you started working out today, imagine where you could be in just two weeks, one month, or a few months from now!
5. Gives you more energy
Exercise is an energy boost without caffeine! When you get moving, more oxygen and nutrients can get to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system do its thing. When everything inside of you is working better, you’ll be feeling better too.
6. Increases strength
Aside from weight loss, you will also be building muscle and endurance. What might make you huff and puff now could be a walk in the park with just a few weeks of consistency.
7. Aids digestion
Have you heard of peristalsis? It’s the method by which our food and liquids are moved through our digestive tract. When we exercise, it increases blood flow to the muscles in our digestive system, and helps this process work better. Plus, exercise helps maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in our gut. It’s a win-win!
8. Helps sleep quality
Do you find yourself lying awake at night counting sheep, or feel a constant yawn coming on throughout the day? The good news is that exercise done consistently and with moderate-high intensity can help improve these symptoms.
9. Decreases your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes
If you are overweight or obese, you have a higher chance of developing diabetes. This can be caused by insulin resistance, which is when the body no longer responds appropriately to insulin. By maintaining a healthy weight through exercise, you can significantly lower your risk of ever getting this condition.
10. Creates flexibility
Do you have aches and pains sitting at a computer chair all day or even getting out of bed? When you exercise regularly, your muscles and joints loosen in places you never thought were possible before!
11. It can be a great social activity
Who says you have to work out alone? Fitness is a great way to bring family and friends together in a way that doesn’t revolve around eating and drinking. Plus, it’s easier to stay accountable when others are in it with you.
12. Increases libido
Besides boosting our overall energy, regular exercise is also known to enhance our intimacy! Plus, it can help us feel more confident in ourselves and our bodies.
13. It’s an excuse to try out new fashion
There are so many different ways you can add a little flair to your workout routine. Treat yourself to some new workout gear, sneakers, and accessories, and have fun mixing and matching!
14. Promotes better brain function and memory
You are never too old or too young to benefit from exercise. Scientists say that it can help improve your attention span, better process information, and prevent age-related brain tissue loss.
15. Helps balance and posture
Anyone else find themselves hunched over and sedentary more often than we should be? Luckily, exercise makes for a stronger core and upper back. This helps you to balance your posture and slouch less.
16. Can help clear your skin
If you suffer from stress-related or hormonal acne, working out can help because it’s known to decrease inflammation.
17. Teaches you resilience
There are many times during a fitness journey where you’ll want to give up, stumble, and feel defeated. (And the same thing happens in life, too!) But when you pick yourself up after those moments, it creates an inner strength in you that you didn’t know you had.
18. Extends your lifespan
Because exercise has so many health benefits and can prevent numerous diseases, it’s no surprise that it has the potential to add years to your life, too!
19. It’s fun!
There are so many ways to make working out an enjoyable experience. Curate a playlist of your favorite high-energy songs, or move along to your favorite podcast. Turn your exercises into games or challenges. Dance, laugh, jump around, or do whatever else it takes to make it fun.
20. It’s an investment in yourself
When you show up to work out, you are saying yes to yourself each and every time. Give yourself kudos for committing to your future and your personal health goals. You will never regret it!
Ready to get moving?
We could go on and on about why exercise is great for you, but only you can decide to take the plunge and get started. If it’s been hard for you to find that extra motivation and accountability, we are here to help.
Schedule a free call with us today to learn more about how we can empower you to reach your fitness goals with our customized training programs!