We all know that exercise helps you lose weight and keeps you looking good. While activities like weight lifting, running, jumping, walking, and playing sports keep you looking fit, they do much more for you than that. Below I give you 7 additional benefits of exercise other than weight loss to keep you motivated and moving.
1 – Exercise Helps You Sleep
If you struggle with keeping a regular sleeping pattern, exercise might be the answer to your troubles. When bedtime comes around, your body might have extra energy which is keeping you from sleeping. This is when we are tempted to snack, stay up to watch funny YouTube videos, and other things that keep us from sleeping. However, if you exercise, you’ll likely be more exhausted come bedtime and will have no trouble getting a good night’s rest.
2 – Exercise Improves Your Mood
When you perform exercise, your body releases chemicals know as endorphins. This chemical is responsible for making us feel good. It’s the happiness you feel when someone compliments on your new look, or when someone says “good job” to you. When you work out, you feel good because of this chemical, your mood is elevated and you get a natural high. It’s why people get into exercise routines – it leaves you feeling good!
3 – Exercise is a Confidence Builder
Anytime you accomplish something it builds confidence because you’ve proven to yourself you can do it. With exercise, you are constantly striving and reaching fitness levels you didn’t think you could do. For example, I started with just walking 1 mile a day when I was really heavy. Fast forward to a few years later, and I now run about 3 miles a day along with some weight lifting right after. I can definitely say my confidence has grown quite a bit.
4 – Exercise Improves Your Sex Life
Studies have shown that exercise increases energy levels and sex drive in both men and women. Exercise also helps achieve greater levels of cardio endurance, strength and flexibility. Add in to the equation that exercise gives you self-confidence, and well – it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that all these things lead to a better sex life.
5 – Exercise Improves Memory and Thinking
Our minds and bodies are deeply connected. Much research has been produced to show how changes in one effect the other. Exercise stimulates positive changes in our brain which keep new and existing brain cells healthy. This results in clear thinking when solving problems, and to remember what your wife asked you to get at the grocery store after work!
6 – Exercise Boosts Creativity
Along with improved memory and thinking, the creation of new brain cells and the release of mood-boosting endorphins into your body also means a boost to your creativity! Having a healthy mind with elevated mood levels is a recipe for creativity. Ernest Hemingway, the well-known creative writer, routinely boxed as exercise. In the words of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, “Sit as little as possible”.
7 – Exercise Builds Bone and Muscle Strength
When we exercise, we are actually tearing down muscle and bone tissue. After our exercise session, the body begins to “repair” the tissue that has been worn down. However, our body doesn’t just rebuild the muscle we just tore down – it rebuilds it and makes it a bit stronger. Our body essentially says “hey, this person has exhausted their muscles – let’s rebuild them stronger and be ready for next time”. If you repeat this cycle over a long period of time, our muscles and bones become stronger, allowing us to run faster, longer and lift heavier weight.
As you can see, there are many more benefits to exercising other than looking great and losing weight. Exercise makes your life healthier and just better overall. You don’t need an extreme training program, something as simple as walking every can reap you many of these benefits listed in this article. So, get out there and start doing your body a favor – get moving!