Working Out For More Than Weight Loss:

I like the way I look so I don't need to workout.  I'm not as big as some people. 

I've never struggled with my weight and haven't ever needed to exercise. 

I don't go to the gym thanks to my fast metabolism. 

Just a few of many, these statements are absolutely absurd. Exercise is beneficial for so many reasons, least of all, weight loss. Because we live in a world where "overweight" and "supersize" are household terms, working out has been pigeonholed as a solution for extra adipose tissue (i.e. fat). Yes, exercise burns calories and can therefore aid in the weight loss process, but what about all the other great reasons we should exercise? Regardless of how big, little, wide or thin we are!?

10 Super Great Reasons to Workout That Have Absolutely Nothing to do with Weight Loss:

1. It improves your mood. A natural anti-depressant, exercise boosts the production of brain chemicals that ease stress and anxiety, resulting in a happier, more relaxed state of mind. The world would be a better place if we were all physically active!

2. It helps you get more zzzz's. Research shows that individuals who exercise regularly have better quality sleep than their counterparts who are too cool for physical activity. So forget the Nyquil, just go for a jog. Sleep is way too important to be skimping!

3. It boosts your memory. Keep popping the blueberries (they help with memory), but you should also consider squeezing in a workout if you have an upcoming brief or exam. Research shows that aerobic activity boosts hormones associated with stronger memory.

4. It makes you more creative. No joke. Studies show that regular exercisers who workout score higher on creativity exams than those who don't. So grab a jumprope or join a spin class to get those creative juices flowing!

5. It reduces your risk of cancer. NEED I SAY MORE!? This is a no brainer. Exercise and lower your risk of breast, endometrial and other kinds of cancers. Or…don't. And, well, yeah. Just exercise.

6. It energises you. Skip the coffee and get your butt to the gym. Working out has been shown to increase energy by 20% and decrease fatigue by 65%. Sweating increases metabolism and increases the production of dopamine in your brain, a feel good hormone.

7. It grows confidence. Let's set your sexiness aside for a second. Being strong and capable contributes to positive self-esteem and confidence. I don't care if you're 20 or 60, being able to lift heavy, run fast and fight hard  is empowering.

8. It strengthens your immune system. People who workout at least 2-3 times each week take fewer sick days. I don't know about you but I'd much rather take a 'sick day' to play hooky and go rock climbing (insert whatever your idea of fun is here) than be forced to call into work cause you're stuck in bed with the flu.

9. Gentlemen, proceed to #10. It helps with cramps. Ladies, hold the Midol! Those days when you really don't feel like working out are the days you should. Exercise releases endorphins, natural opioids, that relieve pain. Score!

10. It improves job performance. Infrequent exercisers are less productive than those who regularly schedule their sweat sessions. Whether it's 20 minutes on your lunch break or an hour before work, make. it. happen. Pushups…productivity…promotion…just saying!

Don't believe me? Read the full slide show over at Women's Health Magazine.

In summary,

People who exercise function better, feel better and look better (because confidence is sexy).

People who don't make time to exercise have a higher risk of developing cancer, suffering from insomnia, chronic bad moods, fatigue and cramps.

But, you know...it's totally your call! Don't let my opinion sway you.

 

Eat well. Live well. Be well.