The summer will be here soon. That means shorts, tank tops, swimsuits and strapless dresses. If you didn’t spend the winter getting in shape (or staying that way), then you might be frantically devising a workout plan. Need a little motivation to get moving? Maybe these exercise benefits will help.
- Exercise makes you thinner. While exercising, you burn calories and build muscles. Those muscles help you continue to burn calories even when you’re resting. It’s also the best way to lose belly fat, because it lowers levels of cortisol, a hormone that has been linked to belly fat. And, while muscle weighs more than fat so that the scale might not show weight loss, you will lose inches as you gain muscle and firm up.
- Exercise improves your sex life. Exercise improves muscle strength and tone, endurance, body composition and cardiovascular function. All of those things can give you a better sex life by giving you the stamina to last longer, the strength to move more creatively and the confidence to be less inhibited.
- Exercise feels good. When done correctly not only will you have fewer aches and pains, but, if you shift into high-intensity mode, you may experience euphoria like the “runner’s high”. Your stress will be reduced as brain chemicals are released that make you feel happier and more relaxed.
- Exercise makes you smarter. Exercise helps make new brain cells and stimulates areas of the brain responsible for memory and learning. The more complicated the activity (the more you have to concentrate and focus on coordination), the bigger the benefit to your brain.
- Exercise helps combat illness. Regular exercise can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety, falls, osteoporosis, back pain, arthritis and some types of cancer. And, studies show you’ll live longer in general.