You’ve got goals: losing the baby weight, building killer biceps, or fitting into those “goal jeans” at the back of your closet.
But those physical, appearance-based goals often take a long time to achieve. Change doesn’t happen overnight, and it’s easy to get discouraged if progress is slow.
And, while there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look stronger and leaner, it doesn’t have to be your only motivation!
There are so many benefits that come along with working out, getting fit, and making exercise a regular part of your daily life. And while some of these results take long-term commitment (like losing fifty pounds), some of these benefits can happen instantly!
So, forget that number on the scale for a second. Here are six reasons to workout more often...that don’t have anything to do with your waist size.
SWEAT YOUR WAY TO REDUCED STRESS
Tough season of transition in your life? Crazy morning at the office? Stressful weekend with the fam? A gym session might be just the thing you need to get a little more zen. ‘Cause guess what? One of the most critical benefits of exercise is stress relief.
Raising your heart rate, focusing on something other than the stressors you’re facing, and working up a sweat can help you manage the emotional and environmental stress in your life.
SWEAT YOUR WAY TO SELF-CONFIDENCE
We all know that consistent exercise makes your body look better...but #newsflash, consistent exercise can also help you to feel better! Studies actually show that even a single workout session can give you a confidence boost, bump your self-esteem, and uplevel your body image.
Wherever you’re at on your fitness journey, exercise can quickly elevate your sense of inner strength and self-worth and help you feel better about your goals. And who doesn’t want that?
SWEAT YOUR WAY TO PRODUCTIVITY
Struggling to stay motivated and get stuff done? Your future (more productive) self might be just a short workout away.
Studies show that workers who exercise regularly are more likely to be productive, creative, and energetic than their less active colleagues. So, maybe it’s time to ditch the energy drinks (and that fifth cup of coffee) and get your booty into the gym a few times this week!
SWEAT YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS
Wanna hear something awesome? Consistent exercise makes you a happier human—no joke! A thirty minute workout creates a release of endorphins, the “feel good” hormones that put a smile on your face.
So, if you’re dealing with weekday blues, stress at home, or a difficult relationship situation, a high-energy workout might be just what you need! Getting in your gym session will help you let go of tough circumstances, balance your mood, and face the challenges in your life with an extra dose of grace (as if you needed another good reason to exercise regularly!).
Of course, as a reminder, we’re not doctors or medical professionals, so...if you’re dealing with something more serious, please consult a trained health professional.
SWEAT YOUR WAY TO AN IMPROVED MINDSET
Let’s state the obvious: exercise is hard work...and hard work is uncomfortable! But, here’s the good news. You’ll carry this determination, resilience, and mental toughness into every area of your life.
Also, if you mix up your workout and continue to try new things—from group fitness classes and CrossFit, to interval training routines or personal training session—you’ll be challenging your brain cells on the regular. We’d call that a win-win situation, for sure.
SWEAT YOUR WAY TO A NEW COMMUNITY
For a lot of us, pursuing a healthy lifestyle felt really isolating at first. If you’re feeling alone on your fitness journey, the gym is the perfect place for you.
You’ll have the chance to connect with likeminded people who can support, encourage, and challenge you as you make progress and pursue your goals. And they’ll be there for extra accountability when the going gets tough!
Not sure how to connect? Join one of our many group fitness classes or reach out on our Facebook page!
Ready to take this dose of motivation and turn it into action? Check out our group class options, join CrossFit, or schedule a personal training session today! It’s time to sweat it out.