For some, the goal is very specific, perhaps even sports-related. For others, the goal is just to move around more. No matter what your individual goals might be, there are several benefits that anyone with a regular workout routine will enjoy. Here are 5 ways you’ll benefit from working out regularly:
#1: Regular Workout Routines Help Fight Disease
It can be really gratifying to see the physical results from working out when you look in the mirror. But, vanity isn’t the only reason it’s beneficial to work out and, it’s probably not even the most important. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regular workouts can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and even some forms of cancer. Other conditions exercise helps protect against include:
- Joint disease
Depending on your current condition, you should always start with a manageable amount of exercise and work your way up to the optimal level of activity. If you have a serious health condition, consult your doctor before trying a new workout routine.
#2: Your Self-Confidence & Energy Levels Will Increase
Regular exercise doesn’t just make you look better and live longer, it makes you feel better too! A boost in self-confidence is common for those who have started working out more regularly. This confidence doesn’t just end with feeling better about the way clothes fit, you’ll feel more confident at with friends, at work meetings, and at the gym!
Research also shows that exercise can have a positive impact on energy levels throughout the day. Here’s how it works, according to The Brookings Institution:
“Most of your cells contain components called mitochondria, often referred to as the cell’s ‘power plant.’ Mitochondria produce the chemical that your body uses as energy, known as ATP. Physical exercise stimulates the development of new mitochondria within your cells, meaning that your body will be able to produce more ATP over time.” The result? More energy to exert yourself physically, plus more energy for your brain, boosting your mental output.
#3: You’ll Enjoy Increased Brainpower And Creativity
The benefits exercise has on the brain don’t end with extra energy supplies. In a Harvard Health Letter article by Executive Editor, Heidi Godman, the number of ways exercise positively impacts the brain are numerous. Other benefits listed in Godman’s article include:
- Aerobic exercise increases the size of the brain’s hippocampus, which is responsible for verbal memory and learning
- The prefrontal cortex and medial temporal cortex, which control thinking and memory, also tend to be larger in people who exercise versus those who do not.
According to Godman, 30 minutes per day of moderate aerobic exercise is recommended every day or 150 minutes per week. If that seems like too much, start with a more manageable routine and work your way up to the suggested amount.
In addition to the benefits listed by Godman, regular exercise has also been shown to improve creativity. According to a recent study, “regular exercisers do better on tests of creativity than their more sedentary peers”. (Huffpost)
#4: Quiet Stress With Aerobic & Anaerobic Workouts
DID YOU KNOW: A whopping 70% of adults in the US say they experience stress or anxiety every day, and most of them also said it interfered with their lives to some degree. (ADAA) Are you one of them?
Whether you’re impacted by stress every day or not, regular exercise can help you decrease the amount of stress you live with. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins–hormones that fight off stress.
Your workout routine can also include anaerobic exercises, like those found in yoga. Yoga is a great way to slow everything down for a little change and relax. If you think yoga is too slow-paced for you, think again–there are plenty of advanced yoga and power yoga classes that will help shed stress and break a sweat.
#5: A Regular Workout Can Keep Your Social Life Alive
Working out can be a great excuse to hang out with friends or meet new people. There are many classes and programs available that allow you to get together with people while working out. Okay, you’re probably wondering what this has to do with your health, right? Keeping your social life alive is important for two reasons:
- Being around positive energy and people you enjoy is great for your emotional health and happiness. If you’re able to add that into your normal routine then it can have a great impact on the rest of your day and over time.
- Working out with a group will improve your chances of sticking with your workouts. Trying new workouts alone is tough. Sticking with them is even tougher. If you have a group of friend or workout buddies to push you and hold you accountable then you’re more likely to keep it up.
If you want to try a new workout routine, reach out to a couple of friends to see if they’ll start it with you. Or, join a class, where you know the others there will share your desire to workout.
Start Improving Your Overall Well-Being With A Regular Workout Routine
We tend to think about working out a necessary evil or as something that’s only done for vanity. But, adding a regular workout routine to your schedule can have a far-reaching impact on your overall health and happiness. If you don’t know where to start, try keeping it simple in the beginning–add one short exercise to your schedule for every day or a few times per week. Once you get in the habit of working out, you can start to increase your activity level.