While many people focus on regular exercise primarily as a means to lose weight, there are many other benefits of routine physical activity. As human beings, we are historically mobile creatures with an inherent need to make use of our physical bodies.
At Vitality Fitness, we realize the full spectrum of health benefits that result from a commitment to regular activity. If you’re locked into the mindset that exercise is only good for losing weight, here are a few benefits to exercise other than weight loss:
Most people find that they can actually think more clearly after a solid workout. Because your brain is getting more energy and oxygen, thinking more clearly is to be expected, but studies have also shown that exercise can significantly boost your memory and improve your ability to learn.
Your ability to maintain good posture throughout the day is important for your body for a number of reasons. One of the best ways to improve your posture is to strengthen the muscles in your back through regular exercise. Focusing on improving abdominal strength can also go a long ways towards improving your posture.
A Boost in Confidence
Because exercise is the ticket to improving your physical appearance, it’s also a gateway to a renewed sense of self-confidence. Exercise also gives you a rejuvenating sense of accomplishment and, if you workout at a gym, it can lead to confidence-building social interaction. Even if your body’s physical appearance doesn’t change immediately, the knowledge that you’re working towards something is enough to boost your confidence in itself.
Reduction of Stress
Perhaps the most widespread physical ailment, all of us deal with differing levels of stress on a daily basis. While the health effects of stress are often ignored, stress can wreak havoc with our bodies and our minds. Regular exercise is a great way to give yourself a break from the stressors that affect you during the rest of the day. Endorphins are natural “stress fighters,” and getting into a healthy fitness groove can even help you forget what it was that you were so stressed about before you began.
Ability to Fall Asleep More Easily
Most of us know that feeling of physical exhaustion. This feeling shouldn’t be avoided; it should be welcomed. Tiring out your body, as may be obvious, is one of the best ways to improve your ability to fall asleep quickly and recover while you are sleeping. However, working out right before you go to bed can actually have the opposite effect, causing you to stay up much later than you’d like. The best times to exercise are either in the morning or the early afternoon.
At Vitality Fitness, we realize the many benefits of regular exercise, aside from weight loss, and this is why we provide a number of exercise classes designed to meet the needs and preferences of our regular clients. If you’re looking for a social, but productive, setting to work out in, be sure to learn more about Vitality Fitness today!