If you are like me, some days you just want to go home and crash on the couch. It’s hard to get motivated to go to the gym, but I have to remember the reasons why exercise rocks. Here are my five reasons to exercise:
EXERCISE STRETCHES YOUR MUSCLES
I work at a desk for minimum 8 hours a day. Then I come home, make dinner and sit on the couch for another few hours. If I didn’t exercise, my muscles would probably forget how to work. It’s SO important to stretch your muscles often to keep them limber. That’s what they were meant for. Get out there and go for a walk with the dog. Play in the backyard with your kids. Get to a gym. When I get moving, my problem-areas generally feel better (knees/hips). And when I tack on yoga, I notice my flexibility improve. I can now touch my toes and then some.
MOVING SPEEDS UP YOUR METABOLISM
The day after I work out, I eat lots. In general, I have a pretty good metabolism, but when I’m active, it’s amazing to see how quickly my body needs refuelling. I crave more healthy snacks during the day, and my lunches need to be bigger to keep me full. When you combine working out and eating healthy, you know that the food you give your body is truly the fuel it needs and deserves. It’s a positive cycle.
YOU CAN BURN MORE CALORIES SITTING STILL
I don’t count calories. I hate it. It’s definitely not the diet for me because numbers aren’t what I care about. Regardless of your opinion on this, everyone should at least understand how calories work. You eat them to gain energy, and you move your body to burn the energy (calories). In case you didn’t know, sitting still burns about 75 calories per hour, or at least that’s what this article told me. But interestingly, the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn while sitting still. So get out there and do some strength training. Replace that fat with muscle and you will burn more calories when you’re not moving.
EXERCISE IMPROVES LUNG CAPACITY
This maybe sounds silly, but I don’t enjoy getting out of breath if I have to go up five (or two?) flights of stairs. Working a regular cardio routine into your days keeps your body moving, and you’re less likely to get winded on that next stair-climb. Or when you’re running after your kid. Or when you’re trying to catch a bus. The list goes on…
ACTIVITY CLEARS YOUR MIND
It can be tough to find outlets in life to calm your mind, but they are there. We all agree that it can be hard to get your butt to the gym, but in the end it’s totally worth it – if not for your body, then for your brain. During a good hour-long work out, I leave the gym feeling satisfied. Calm. Serene. And every other possible adjective for this. As an anxious person, it helps a lot to commit to an active lifestyle.
So even if you hate exercise and have trouble motivating yourself to work out, focus on the positives. What makes working out so great? And if you can’t find any, pick something from this list. It can help you stay motivated on those down days, when you just need to be reminded of the beauty of exercise.
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