Beyond the Six Pack: 7 Reasons Regular Exercise is a Must

We’re probably not telling you something you don’t already know when we say that exercise is important. From blogs to commercials to your company’s wellness program – it seems that the message of fitness isn’t going away anytime soon. And while many of these outlets emphasize its connection to weight loss, there are so many better (and more motivational) reasons to break a sweat. Here are seven reasons to exercise regularly - and they're just the tip of the iceberg;

1. Improve Memory

Getting sweaty translates into your brain getting more oxygen, which can boost your memory and help you learn better. Additionally, recent studies have found that working out can help prevent cognitive decline as you age, including diseases like Alzheimer’s.

2. Better Posture

One of the easiest ways to fix your posture is to exercise the muscles that keep you upright. Abs, back, and leg muscles can all do wonders for your posture while you sit or stand.

3. Less Stress

A little stress is normal, too much stress is big no-no. Researchers have found that exercise is a great way to beat a stressful day. Not only are the endorphins released during exercise a natural stress-fighters, but the actual act of getting sweaty can help get your mind off whatever is stressing you out.

4. Gain Confidence

Inside and out, exercise can help support improved confidence. After all, regular exercise can help you feel more accomplished, social and in control of your body. Even if the physical results aren’t immediate, we promise the boost to your confidence will be.

5. Better Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important pillars of good health. Getting your seven to eight hours of sleep each night is even easier when you’re getting regular exercise. The best time to hit the gym is morning or afternoon, so that by the time you’re ready to hit your bed, your body is able to ease into a great night’s sleep.

6. Live Longer

We’ve all heard about how sitting all day can kill you, but getting up and moving (even just once an hour) can really make huge strides towards your overall health. Studies have found that the link between a long, healthy life and regular exercise is very strong. So lace up those sneakers and go break a sweat!

7. One Word … Happiness

If you needed any more convincing after all of the great reasons above, this one is it. From the immediate “runner’s high” endorphins after a hard workout to the long term mood boosts that come with regular exercise – you’re just one workout away from a great day!

 

What motivates you to get sweaty on a regular basis?