Whenever you hear exercise being discussed, it’s typically with the goal of losing weight or bulking up on muscle. For many people, however, neither are major motivators, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be getting plenty of exercise. To help encourage you to start your own workout routine, here are some new reasons to start working out that may better align with your circumstances and goals.
Creating Structure for Your Day
Settling into a workout routine is a fantastic way to provide structure to your day, helping you regulate your body’s natural processes, such as knowing when it’s time to be awake and energized and when you should be preparing for sleep. It’s also helpful for managing your time by either planning your day around your routine or planning your routine around your responsibilities for the day. Either way, it’s a good way to keep yourself disciplined and accountable for managing your responsibilities properly.
Improves Your Mental Health
The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on many people’s mental health, creating a new reason to start working out. Physical activity is beneficial for mental health as it’s capable of reducing stress and anxiety by releasing endorphins—a feel-good chemical that your body naturally releases during physical activity. If you’re suffering from symptoms of depression, ADHD, and other mental illnesses, exercise can help you manage those symptoms.
Boost Your Confidence
With the help of endorphins, you’ll also find yourself with a greater sense of self-esteem and self-confidence. As you hit your goals and find yourself becoming faster and stronger, that sense of accomplishment will inspire faith in your own abilities. Once you’ve settled into your routine, your self-esteem will soar, and you’ll feel on top of the world.
New Social Opportunities
The community surrounding fitness is huge, and gyms often double as a meeting place for that community. Once the pandemic ends, it’ll be easy to find like-minded individuals who are also starting their own fitness journey. Getting a chance to meet them at the gym and discuss your goals will open up new friendships and relationships borne from this common interest.