Despite our natural inclination toward relaxation whenever possible, there are a few good reasons to go to the gym, even when all you want to do is absolutely nothing.
1. Your body will thank you in the long run.
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.
2. It will improve your relationships.
You’ll also have more energy to be around people in your life. You’ll want to go out and be social rather than sit around. Exercising gives us a body we can feel attractive in with our spouse or significant other.
3. You’ll feel better.
Endorphins interact with your brain’s receptors to reduce your sense of pain, resulting in a euphoric and uplifting feeling.
4. It will improve your sleep.
You’ll pass out when you hit the pillow if you’ve had a full day with some added exercise into the mix.
5. You’ll be less stressed.
Overcoming any anxiety about being seen at the gym or not being in shape will be rewarded tenfold when you start feeling fitter, happier, more confident and more in charge of your health as a result.
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. In turn, you will find a sense of peace and happiness.
6. It gives your self-esteem a boost.
Going to the gym may take you one step closer to wearing that pair of jeans from two years ago that you’ve been nostalgically holding onto. Feeling good about how you look shouldn’t be understated.
Getting more exercise will help you feel like you can tackle the world a bit more, and it will shine a spotlight on your inner, as well as outer beauty.