Using weight loss as exercise motivation isn’t always entirely effective. Please consider these 11 benefits and don’t focus on the weight loss requirement, but rather some level of enjoyment of the activity and these benefits to your health. This information was pulled from the MSM.com and is attributed to their writers and research staff.
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You can look back after a short period of time and see that you are doing more than you were before… because that is what strength is, it’s the ability to do today what you previously couldn’t do a week, a month, or a year ago.
Biologically, exercise releases endorphins and brain chemicals that bring the same happy feeling as a smiling baby or a bar of chocolate. Research supports a link between exercise and happiness.
Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that compared with obesity, a sedentary lifestyle may increase risk of premature death by about 50 percent.
Increased Energy Levels
All the increased blood flow will make you more alert, make it easier for you to concentrate, and fight off that sluggish feeling that too much work and too many obligations can bring.
Exercise can be a sanctuary for the body and mind. It can be the one thing that clears your mind when nothing else can. You may not always get to yell at your boss or punch the wall, but you can always go for a run with good music. Instead of letting stress eat away at you, let exercise be on your side as another stress outlet.
Not only can a regular exercise routine help you to feel happier in general, but some research has shown that it may be able to help protect against depression, as well as treat some of its symptoms.
Improved Overall Health and Well-being
Exercise lowers blood pressure, decreases cholesterol, and reduces the risk for many diseases.
Do something that you enjoy doing rather than something that you think will bring the greatest weight loss benefit…. and you’ll be more focused on the activity, rather than the result!
Better Body Image
Obsessing over weight loss can perpetuate poor body image.
Exercise for health can be more effective and rewarding when compared to exercising for weight loss only. Focusing on health with exercise will open the door to numerous more benefits.
Ease in Day-to-Day Life
Walking up a flight of stairs without getting winded or picking up a box on moving day are two things that working out can help with instead of focusing only on the five pounds you want to lose.