Want to be more active or feel less tired? How about having that killer-body you have alway dreamed about?

If your answer is “yes”  (which is most likely), exercise is the answer.

There are more merits to being physically active far beyond the obvious. (Of course an improved physique and a clean bill of health are not too shabby, either.)

So I conducted a personal survey and I realised that out of 11 people I spoke to only 1 said he worked out. That’s a worryingly low ratio seeing that all the people I spoke to  were barely up to 30 years old. What’s more surprising is 10 out of those 11 agreed that their lives will be easier if they could start doing exercises. Some mentioned time as a huge reason as they have to wake up real early in the morning to leave for work, and don’t get to come back home till late at night. Some were discouraged because they had no idea where to start from. While others said they lacked the motivation.

Since majority of the people I spoke with mentioned motivation and time as their reasons, I decided to write an article on reasons why you should workout, hoping that will motivate you (don’t worry I’d do another article on ‘time’ later). Here are some benefits of exercise I hope will get you motivated.

 

1.Exercise Can Help You Get Your Dream Body

Okay let’s start with the most obvious reason and source of motivation to work out. Exercise helps you get a toned body you can flaunt. Most people workout primarily because there is a certain shape they want their body to take. I know I work out because I want firm muscles, six-pack abs and a nice set of biceps.So if you@ve always wanted to have that flat stomach and a firmer bigger butt (if you’re a fashion model and you want big butt, be ready to give up your dream as fashion model), its’ time to dust out your shoes and start hitting the gym. You could even have sessions at home. Knowing that you’d soon get your dream body could be really inspiring.

2. Exercise Gives You Energy

You may be surprised at how, say, squeezing in a 30-minute workout in the morning can change your whole day. During exercise, endorphins are released into your bloodstream, you feel much more energized the rest of the day.  Also when you improve your strength and stamina, it is easier to carry out everyday tasks like carrying heavy stuff and climbing stairs. This also makes you feel more energetic over the course of the day. Some people even say that they are too tired to exercise. Though you may feel more tired initially after exercising, that would certainly not last long. The physical tiredness you feel after working out is not the same everyday fatigue. Besides once your body adjusts to exercise, you will have more energy than ever and you would not feel the physical tiredness as much as when you just started exercising.

3. Fitness Can Help Build Relationships.

Imagine exercising with a partner especially someone you have know for a while. It could be  with a spouse, a sibling, or a friend you used to see once a week perhaps because of busy schedule. Exercise is always more fun when there is someone to do it with. So plan to walk with your spouse or a friend after dinner every night. According to a research, people who have exercise partners stay with their programs and reach their goals more often than those who try to go it alone.

 

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4. Movement Alleviates Stress

As much as you may be stressed just thinking about exercising, once you actually start working out, you will experience less stress in every part of your life. Exercise brings about a relaxation response that serves as a positive distraction. it also helps lift up your mood and keep depression at bay. You are not the only one that will benefit from more happiness and less stress in your life. When you are less stressed, you are less irritable, and that could improve relationships with your family, friends or colleagues.

 

5. Exercises Help Ward Off Disease and Cope With Aging

Research has shown that exercise can slow or help prevent heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis (bone loss), and loss of muscle mass. It also helps ease some aspect of aging process.

Because exercise strengthens the muscles and joints, it is going to reduce your odds of having some of those aches and pains and problems most adults have, mostly because of the inactive lives they lead. Provided you do not overdo it; exercise can even boost immune function – so you spend less time with a cold or a flu. There is not a major health problem where exercise cannot have a positive effect.

 

6. Fitness Pumps Up Your Heart

Exercise does not only help fight disease, it creates a stronger heart – the most important muscle in the body. That helps makes exercise – and the activities of daily life – feel easier. Your heart and cardiovascular system will function more effectively. The heart will, build up less plaque. It will become a more efficient pump. When the heart becomes stronger, it pumps more blood per beat, so at rest, the heart rate is lower. It is not going to have to beat as fast to expend the same amount of effort. I don’t know if you’ve ever caught yourself panting just after climbing a flight of stairs without even running. That’s a clear indication that I wan’t fit. With exercise my heart doesn’t use that much energy for a task as climbing a flight of stairs (I climb them everyday) neither do I gasp for air again.

Within only a couple of days after you start exercising, the blood readily adapts to the stimulus it is getting and it becomes easier. You will feel less fatigue. It will not take as much effort when it comes to breathing. You should not have as much pain or soreness.

7. Exercise Lets You Eat More

This is one of my favourite reasons (judge me not). I noticed when I hadn’t worked out for a long while or I stayed indoors with little to no activities. My food intake, reduced drastically, I’d want to eat but my belly would be like “nope, you’ve reached your daily limit” If I tried to force it in I’d suffer from chronic indigestion, that’s kind of a thing of the past now.

If you’re not like me (I have a speedy metabolism, so no matter what I eat, I seem to stay the same) and your body reacts by gaining weight, you can easily curb that or even lose weight by exercising daily. That’s not to say you can eat anything and anyhow, all this means that “cheating” with a few more calories once in while is not going to take you back 10 steps. You can afford to enjoy some of the things you really like when you exercise regularly. You can better get away with those things in moderation than you can when you are not working out at all.

 

8. Exercise Boosts Performance

After a few weeks of consistent exercise, you may feel your clothes fitting differently and see that your muscle tone has improved (I really love this part). You may also notice your newly pumped-up muscles in other ways, especially if you are a very active person. You wouldn’t need to exert as much energy as before and your body will work for you efficiently. Exercising consistently will strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility, and improve your overall performance. Your muscles will work more efficiently and you will gain a greater sense of endurance, also your reaction time and balance will improve. If this doesn’t sound sweet, then I wonder what will!

9. Exercise is Key To Weight Control.

Especially when combined with a smart diet, being physically active is an essential component for losing weight and keeping it off, which in turn helps optimize heart health. Being overweight puts stress on the heart and is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

10. Exercise Helps Strengthen Muscles.

A combination of aerobic workouts (which, depending on your fitness level, can include walking, running, swimming, and other vigorous heart-pumping exercise) and strength training (weight lifting, resistance training) is considered best for heart health. These exercises improve the muscles’ ability to draw oxygen from the blood. That reduces the need for the heart—a muscular organ itself—to work harder to pump more blood to the muscles, whatever your age.

 

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11. Exercise Can Help You Quit Some Bad Habits.

The best way to get rid of a bad habit is to develop a good habit in its stead. One of the best habits you can develop is working out. when you start feeling fit, you’ll start to realise that you don’t feel a need for the other habits because you feel great.

 

12. Helps You Sleep Better

Have you ever dealt with chronic insomnia and you have tried so many things and drugs and you’ve just about given up? Then Perhaps exercise is the answer to all your worries. Although it may seem like common sense knowledge, studies linking regular exercise and improved sleep patterns are fairly recent. These studies have shown that moderate to vigorous 20- to 30-minute workouts three to four times a week help you sleep better. However, you should work out in the morning or afternoon rather than close to bedtime, or you may find yourself too energized to sleep.

Working out helps you fall and stay asleep more easily, and it increases the amount of time you spend in the deepest stage of sleep. It also improves the quality of your sleep by making the transitions between its cycles smoother and more regular.

 

13. Builds And Maintains Healthy Muscles, Bones & Joints

As you get older, your bones lose density (mass), your joints become stiffer and less flexible, and your lean body mass decreases. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to slow or prevent muscle, joint and bone problems. A moderate to vigorous workout program can help you maintain strength and flexibility into your golden years.

14. Improves Confidence

When I finish working out, I automatically feel up to any task, I feel like I could walk up to any girl, no matter how out of my league she seems, to collect her number (yes I’m shallow like that). Ask yourself this simple question: Do I feel better about myself when I’m sprawled out on the couch eating a bag of potato chips or after a great workout at the gym? Duh. If you’re out of shape and start working out, you’ll gain muscle tone, strength, stamina, and you’ll feel better emotionally. This will inevitably give your self-image and self-confidence a boost, which is often one of the best motivators to stick to a workout program.

 

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15. Improves Sexual Performance And Restores Libido

It’s a fact: Regular exercise can increase sexual drive, activity and satisfaction. Physical endurance and muscle tone improve sexual functioning, and exercise jump-starts the sympathetic nervous system, which increases blood flow to the genital area. The good news is that even low levels of exercise help keep your “equipment” functioning properly; in fact, you can significantly lower your risk of erectile dysfunction by burning only 200 calories a day. That’s the equivalent of walking briskly for about two miles.

Short bouts of intense exercise increase testosterone levels, which can stimulate sexual desire. But gym rats beware; too much exercise can reduce testosterone and other male hormone levels, which can lead to a decrease in libido. Finally, don’t stop as you get older; men over 50 who work out regularly have a 30% lower risk of impotence than those who don’t. Oh did I mention that you’d finally be able to carry your partner fo as long ass you,ve always wanted (isn’t that romantic).You can try out those positions you’ve always wanted to try but feared you didnt have the strength nor endurance.

 

16. Exercise Augments Brainpower

Not only does exercise improve your body; it also helps your mental function.

Exercise increases energy levels and increases serotonin in the brain which leads to improved mental clarity, says the Copper Aerobics Center in Dallas. It is clear that those who are more active and who exercise more are more productive at work. Improved productivity not only makes a you a better worker; it makes things better for everyone at the workplace. Companies with less wasted work hours and less sick time end up with lower health care costs—and an improved bottom line.

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