Motivation can be the greatest challenge in developing a permanent exercise habit. Vanity is one of the most common motivators, but it isn’t a great one for many people. When you associate exercise with rewards beyond physical appearance, you may find yourself hitting the gym far more often.
Here are some powerful reasons to work out that have nothing to do with looking good.
For men especially, when you lift weights and gradually increase the level of resistance, your muscles produce testosterone, giving you the energy, stamina, and aggressiveness you need to take on the world.
Clarity and Concentration
An active body has been linked to an active mind. The more consistently you exercise, the less prone you’ll be to grogginess and lapses in concentration.
Exercise is a time to let your mind unwind while your body does the work.
There are many enjoyable ways to exercise, such as going for a run or bike ride along a beautiful route.
Sweating regularly through exercises removes toxins.
Studies have shown that exercise improves sleep.
People who exercise regularly live longer and stay healthier into old age.
Exercise has also been shown to reduce stress.
Superior Strength and Endurance
By exercising regularly, you’ll be better able to live and act, and in the event of an emergency, seize the moment.
The sum of all these benefits is self confidence. Self confidence drives success, so its value can’t be underestimated.
* Pick The Brain April 3, 2008