Fitness by the Fire: 10 reasons to stick with the gym and a fitness lifestyle beyond New Years
by Ron Kennedy • January 03, 2018
Ever feel like you think a bit more clearly after a good gym workout? Not only is your brain getting more energy and oxygen, but many studies have shown that exercise can improve memory and help you brain retain knowledge more effectively. Of course, an intense workout, especially with a seasoned personal trainer, right before a big exam could leave you more tired than smart, but the two are certainly linked.
9. Improved Posture:
Good posture is important, and one of the best ways to fix your posture is to exercise the muscles holding you back. You would be surprised of the amount of posture problems people have, and what muscles should be worked out to fix them. Regularly exercising your abs, back, and other muscles can go a long way into fixing your posture, both sitting and standing.
8. Major Boost in Confidence:
Obviously, sometime in the gym can improve your appearance which can improve confidence, but there's more to it than that. Workout routines can also help you feel more accomplished and social (if you work out at a gym). Even if you don't see immediate results in your body, the effects and effort will make you feel better, and take it from me… a bit of confidence goes a long way.
7. Reduction in Stress:
We all have stress in our lives, whether it's the occasional rough day or a more serious, chronic problem. Stress is the primary contributor for health problems, and wreak havoc on the mind. Yet, studies have shown that exercise is one of the most effective ways to combat this. Not only are those endorphins (natural stress-fighters triggered from strength training, spin class, boot camps etc.) triggered, but getting yourself into that exercise groove helps get your mind off the things stressing you out.
6. Improved sleeping habits:
If you ever have trouble falling asleep at night, the National Sleep Foundation says that consistent exercise will help you sleep better. The best time to go to the gym and work out is in the morning or the afternoon, rather than before bed—if you exercise too closely to bedtime, it can actually have the opposite effect!
5. Increased Energy levels:
It may seem counter-intuitive—after all, working out can drain your energy quite a bit—but regular exercise will make you feel more energized throughout the day. In fact, one study found that exercising in the middle of the day can leave you feeling more energetic and productive for the rest of the afternoon. You should still stick to an active lifestyle outside of exercise, but a midday workout could be a great pick-me-up instead of another cup of coffee or an energy drink.
4. Improved sex life:
Do I have your attention yet? That’s right, studies have shown that regular fitness training incorporated with weight loss can increase arousal and decrease men's risk for erectile dysfunction, likely because exercise improves circulation (which is rather important when it comes to sex).
3. Significant reduction in illness:
Nobody likes getting sick, and exercise is by far one of the most potent defenses against pathogens. A recent study found that people who exercised regularly were 50% less likely to be get a cold over people who didn't. Odds I will happily wager on. Taking a good steam at the gym afterwards, or sometime in the sauna can help destroy the parasites that cause illness as well.
2. Increased life expectancy:
It's no secret that healthy living will keep you alive longer, but you might be surprised at how much. One study found that exercise improves life expectancy as much as quitting smoking(which I presume you don’t do). It really is the truth that sitting all day can kill you, and just a bit of regular exercise can stave off the reaper for long time to come.
All this put together equals a much happier you. It's not just those "runner's high" endorphins, regular exercise will improve your life in so many ways. The first step in achieving this is accepting that fitness isn’t something you’ve been told you should do…. It’s a lifestyle people! The University of Bristol found that people's mood significantly improved on the days they exercised. So, find a way to schedule some exercise in the day and you'll be well on your way.