It is time. All of those years that you put it off. All of those New Year’s resolutions that you said you would exercise. It is time to make that dream a reality. Now more than ever before it is important to get into the gym. Exercise, whether it is lifting weights or doing cardio, will not only help you look better but will certainly help you feel better too. Below are my five reasons why you should consider carving out a little couch time in your schedule and instead replace it with some quality gym time.
(It may not be easy but I promise you the first time you take a look in the mirror and see the noticeable difference in your body and mind you will wonder why you didn’t listen to yourself sooner.)
1. Your body releases endorphins when you exercise
You have probably heard the word endorphin float around when talking about exercise. Well, endorphins are one of the greatest byproducts of being physically active. They are designed to interact with your brain’s receptors in order to reduce your perception of pain. By doing so it creates a bodily response similar to a feeling of euphoria. This euphoria-like feeling is significant as it can carry over outside of your workout sessions too. It is because of that carry over that there has been lots of research which has found exercise (and endorphins) have worked effectively to help people who have depression and anxiety. The chemical response that endorphins has on our brains can help ward off those negative thoughts and feelings.
For anyone wondering where the term “runner’s high” came from it was due partially to endorphins and their effect on the human body. The reason for that being because endorphins bind to the same neuron receptors as that of pain medicine thus triggering a similar bodily feeling.
2. Exercising strengthens the heart
Your heart is a muscle like everything else in your body. Exercising it like any other muscle will make it stronger and healthier. Obvious effects of having a stronger heart include a decreased risk of certain heart related diseases such as Coronary Heart Disease. Regular exercise also helps your heart become strong enough to pump more blood throughout your body. This is important because our heart obviously propels everything in our body and giving back to our heart by making it stronger will help us to feel better as our blood will be better oxygenated (via more blood flow to our lungs) and our muscles will have more blood flow too. Capillaries will also widen with exercise allowing our heart to deliver more oxygenated blood throughout our bodies and carry away bodily waste more efficiently too.
3. You will shrink your waistline
Whether we like to admit it or not all of us (on some level) like to look good. It is a natural human desire. Exercising is the most effective way of helping us achieve that desire. Consistent exercise and a regular balanced diet will most certainly make the most noticeable impact on our waistline.
Whether you are looking to take ten or fifty pounds off exercising is simply the best way to do it. Don’t bother buying into any quick weight loss schemes as they do not work. Instead invest in a nice pair of running shoes and do a few laps around the block. It won’t be quick and it won’t be easy but I promise you a few months down the line if you eat well and exercise consistently you won’t regret it when you look into that mirror and see a world of a difference. Your pants will thank you too.
4. You will be in better shape to perform in bed
This is not a fallacy. Being in better shape does help you perform better in bed. From strength to endurance being in better shape has been proven to help you sustain longer in the bedroom. Things such as weight lifting can have positive effects on your libido through testosterone release while cardio has been proven to increase blood flow throughout your body.
The result of exercise will not only be longer, more intense sessions but you and your partners desire will noticeably increase if you are both physically active too.
5. Exercising consistently will help alleviate anxiety and depression
If it wasn’t mentioned before this bullet point will clarify the ultimate purpose of exercise. The ultimate purpose is to get you feeling good. That is why exercise has been proven to be an effective combatant against anxiety and depression. Every aspect I described earlier helps to culminate in the ultimate product of having a healthy mind. From the heart to the body to the mind everything works together when you exercise. There is a reason why there have been countless success stories of people who have turned their life around when they began exercising. It is because exericising works on so many levels to help you feel better while changing your life.
That is why if you have the means to take that step forward and begin exercising now is the time to do so. There is no sense in putting it off anymore. If you want to feel better and are willing put in the work I promise you that at the end of the day your body and mind will thank you for the time you put into it. The time you put into it are the reps you do in the gym or the laps you do when you run. They will all add up to the sum total of you, your body, and your mind. I guarantee that if you invest in your body you definitely won’t ever regret it.