While we all know we should work out on a regular basis, quite often hitting the gym slides further and further down our list of priorities. However, making time to work out can have many positive impacts on your life beyond simple weight maintenance. Read on to find out how working out can help build a better you in addition to some muscles.
1) It helps you sleep better. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 67 percent of those who exercise regularly report getting a good night’s sleep, and these benefits are experienced regardless of the time of day the individuals choose to work out. This is because exerting yourself physically helps to keep your body’s circadian rhythm in check.
2) It is a natural mood elevator. Studies show that riding a bike, running, or performing any other cardio workout two to three times per week at a moderate pace can increase your energy levels by 20 percent and decrease feelings of fatigue by 65 percent. This is because after just 20 minutes of exercise, your metabolism is boosted and the amount of feel-good brain chemical dopamine increases inside your body.
3) It keeps you from getting sick. Research shows that working out two to three times per week will strengthen your immunity against bacteria and viruses, thus keeping you from getting colds or the flu as frequently as someone who doesn’t work out. Exercise also reduces your risk of having much more serious long-term illnesses, such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and dementia.
4) It can ease cramps! Exercise triggers your body to release endorphins, which act as natural opioids in the body that can relieve pain. In general, exercise increases the oxygen in your body’s cells, resulting in an all-over reduction of aches and pains.