Going to the gym can be as natural to some as showering or eating. But for most of us, it’s something we try to unearth the energy to do at least once a week, and if we make it happen one day for 30 minutes, we’re supremely proud of ourselves.
There are a few good reasons to go to the gym though, even when all you want to do is absolutely nothing.
1. Your body will thank you in the long run.
Your body might feel achy immediately after you exercise, and it might struggle to feel great during the workout itself. But strengthening your body helps keep it in shape to fight off illness and prevent it from becoming weak.
Exercise doesn’t just strengthen your muscles, it also strengthens your heart and bones, lowers your blood pressure and of course, reduces your body fat.
Going to the gym once in a while should leave you feeling many shades healthier.
2. You’ll feel better.
It’s a good feeling to walk out of the gym. This happy feeling is because exercise causes your body to release happy chemicals called endorphins.
Endorphins interact with your brain’s receptors to reduce your sense of pain, resulting in an uplifting feeling.
3. It will improve your sleep.
Many of us toss and turn, and sometimes result to popping sleep aids or prescription medicine in order to get a good night’s sleep.
Exercise, on the other hand, tires the body naturally, resulting in a sounder, deeper sleep. You’ll pass out when you hit the pillow if you’ve had a full day with some added exercise into the mix.
4. You’ll be less stressed.
For some overweight individuals, or the highly self-critical, being at the gym might feel stressful in itself. It’s hard not to compare yourself to fitter individuals around you but despite this, going to the gym does reduce stress.
Stress comes partially from having time on our hands to let our minds bounce from one worry to the next, and it also comes from unhealthy habits that cause physical issues, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Getting to the gym will take away the physical impetus for stress and reduce the time you have to let your mind wander and reward you tenfold when you start feeling fitter, happier, more confident and more in charge of your health as a result.
5. It gives your self-esteem a boost.
If you’ve put in the work, when beach season rolls around you’ll feel pretty damn good about it.
Or you may be one step closer to wearing that pair of jeans from two years ago that you’ve been nostalgically holding onto.
Confidence is intrinsically connected to how you feel you look, and getting more exercise can help you feel like you can tackle the world a bit more.
So if you can manage to pass on a little relaxation time on the couch in front of the TV and would like to see if you can benefit from these good reasons for exercising then come and see us at Coastside Fitness and we'll help you on your fitness journey.