Exercise can change your life. You’ll never regret a work out, no matter how long or short it may be. There are many reasons to exercise other than burning the calories consumed in yesterday’s cheat meal. Here are 3 reasons that will inspire you to remember working out isn’t always about looking down at the scale.
- Clears Your Mind. A good run or workout can help you clear your head and solve a few problems because of increased serotonin levels. Serotonin is the chemical in your body responsible for happiness, restful sleep, and a healthy appetite. Serotonin levels increase if you work out regularly leaving you with more energy and clearer thinking. Exercise is a natural anti-stress treatment, and way cheaper than therapy! Next time you have a lot on your mind or are having a rough day, grab your running shoes and break a sweat. We promise it will make you feel better and brighten your day.
- Improved Energy (and Productivity). It’s easy to assume that after a hard workout you will feel fatigued, but that is actually totally false! Research shows that regular exercise can boost energy levels. After a beach run or gym session, I always seem to knock everything off of my to-do list in no time. So instead of grabbing that sugary Red Bull or Power Bar to achieve your daily goals, try starting your day with a workout instead. You will be impressed with how productive you can really be! If you want to get more done to the best of your ability, exercising should be a priority.
- Greater Strength. Small gains can really be life changing! For example, I have recently been trying to gain some upper body strength, it has always been a weakness of mine. After creating a workout schedule for myself including 3 days of strength training and fitting at least 20 minutes of cardio into my daily schedule, I have seen a tremendous difference. Four weeks ago I’ll admit that it was a struggle to do 10 burpees in a row and don’t get me started about push ups. But now, I feel stronger, can actually finish my circuts and can even notice my arms are much more toned. Exercise is also one of the simplest ways to protect your body from future injuries. It’s a win-win situation.
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3 Inspiring Reasons to Workout That Aren’t Related to Your Weight was originally published on THE LOVESURF BLOG