Running, jumping, lifting, also known as exercise is something most people do little of. If you don’t exercise you are missing out on an integral part of life which is fundamental for overall vitality and your well-being.
Those that do exercise tend to do so to improve what they look like. Although some exercise, even if it is for vanity beats none. In an ideal world, it’s best to find a style of training which you can athletically progress in, whether it be running faster, getting stronger, gaining flexibility.
Let’s get straight to the point, here are 10 benefits of exercise.
Enjoy the article. Hopefully, this will summon some motivation so you tie your shoe laces and make your way to the gym.
By working out consistently you will start to feel better about yourself. Our population seems to face constant pressure on the way their bodies look. Over time one becomes comfortable with their body as it changes, as you start to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. Studies have shown that testosterone increases in men and women who regularly strength train. Even though testosterone is a male dominant hormone, increase of testosterone in both men and women leads to the same effects, including elevated energy levels, overall libido, and sex drive. What this achieves is self-explanatory and I won’t elaborate.
What you should keep in mind is that for best results always prioritize multi-joint otherwise known as compound movements. These include: the squat, pull up, rows.
Endorphins are released when you perform the exercise. These are the same chemicals released which make us feel good, they are released in excess during drug use, so in many ways working out is like taking drugs but with rewards rather than pitfalls. An extreme example but it underlies one of the most important reasons why people need to exercise more.
If you go on a run, chances are you’re going to feel great after. Your mood is heightened and you will have a ‘natural high’.
The body and mind are connected. Improving your body improves your mind – science backs this. Studies show that on standardized tests the children who play are physically fit perform better. Even going for a walk boosts your brain activity. Steve jobs, would go on walks with his fellow employees to discuss new ideas and strategies for business.
Moving allows your mind to be free as your body is in motion. The increased circulation and overall improvement in health allow everything in the body to function better, this is no exception for your brain.
Now you may be thinking confidence, sure… a six pack will make anyone confident. While this is true it’s not for the reason you think. In my opinion, true confidence will come from getting ripped and lean, but it’s the fact that you achieved the goal itself, rather than what your abs look like.
Allow me to explain.
When you promise yourself you’re going to achieve a goal and you accomplish it, this is what instills true confidence in an individual. The entire process and the success in finishing it is what gives you confidence, you gain confident in your ability to follow through with something until the end.
As time passes and you accomplish more and more goals, your confidence will continue to increase parallel to this.
This is especially evident in sports and exercise regimes such as Powerlifting/Olympic lifting, but almost any sport or workout which requires you to consistently beat an objective number. This could be your strength, agility, athleticism. The fact that you are constantly improving yourself allows a certain discipline to manifest and echo into the rest of your life, whether it be your work, a hobby.
If you consistently make a habit of working out and never skip a training session and are always improving, guess what? Chances are the latter is going to become a part of your identity.
This one is for my female audience: PMS is not the best time. Studies have conclusively shown that some exercise, despite how unappealing it may seem at the time will help a lot and reduce all symptoms associated with PMS.
This means less pain, greater relaxation and a significant reduction of depressive symptoms which occur during these cycles.
Here are some great yoga poses to ease menstrual cramps.
By exercising more you’ll be able to sleep better. Having a higher level of activity during the day will fatigue your body and you will sleep much better as you have exerted the energy you had, rather than having energy stored up and using it to scroll through Facebook late at night.
As long as you don’t exercise too close to bedtime, it will benefit your quality of sleep.
As I have a rather bad case of the iron bug, it’s strange to me that most people seem to choose cardio over lifting. I guess cardio what people associate exercise with. Although cardio is great, it doesn’t increase your strength and thus increasing the integrity of your bones, which is extremely important for longevity in life. Everyone should be doing both strength training and cardio, people need to understand that strength training has an array of benefits for the young and old (especially old); male and female.
Fun Fact: Lifting weights is actually superior to cardio for fat loss.
Don’t overcomplicate strength; learn the basics.
Exercising on a regular basis may act as a cognitive enhancer promoting creativity in inexpensive and healthy ways.
Researcher Lorenza Colzato says. Specifically, this means that regular exercise raises divergent and convergent cognition. These types of cognitive thinking patterns are thought to be the two halves of what forms ‘creative’ thinking.
Right now I am working on my first book, I sometimes I struggle to be creative but I find awesome ideas and plans popping into my head in between sets of deadlifts. The science backs this up and I can personally attest to exercising allowing your mind to foster its creative potential.
Exercising on a regular basis will increase your standard of living and overall happiness. If you aren’t exercising, or aren’t doing it enough, do something. Find a form of exercise you enjoy and get onto it because you will gain so much by doing so.
No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.