For those of us not blessed with an innate drive to hit the gym every day, finding the motivation to work out can be daunting. Get yourself on the right track with these “fitness facts”.
Exercise Helps Fight the Freshman (or Sophomore, etc) Fifteen
As you already know, exercising regularly helps fight weight gain and also helps maintain any current weight loss. In addition to burning calories, intense physical activity helps tone muscles. If your schedule is packed, skip the gym session and find other ways to squeeze in some physical fitness. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or ride your bike to class instead of taking the bus. Work exercising into your everyday routine!
Exercise Improves Your Mood
Need a pick-me-up? Hit the gym! Exercising literally can lift your mood by stimulating the specific brain chemicals that can leave you feeling happier and calmer. Next time you’re feeling down, go for a jog or swing by the fitness center for 30 minutes.
Exercise Gives You More Energy
According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise not only delivers nutrients to your tissues, but helps your cardiovascular system function more efficiently. When your heart and lungs work best, your body has more energy to run on. Furthermore, research has shown that those who make time to exercise regularly, are more energetic and productive than their less active counterparts.
Exercise Keeps Your Brain Healthy
Studies have shown that exercise enhances cognitive function and helps keep your mind sharp. Even low-intensity activities help fight off memory loss and maintain vocabulary skills! U.S. News mentions that exercise seems to protect the hippocampus, the area of the brain that controls memory and spatial awareness. What’s better than a healthy body and mind!?
Exercise Boosts Your Self-Confidence
Exercise is known for improving self-esteem. Even small improvements in physical fitness (for example, shaving a few minutes off your mile time or lifting slightly heavier weights) can boost confidence and elevate one’s overall feelings of self-worth.
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