It seems that no matter the time of year, there seems to be a ton of pressure on “being swimsuit ready” or “working on your summer body.” This looking-good epidemic has no gender or age barriers and it seems to be getting stronger by each passing season. While it is a great thing to teach our youth and ourselves about eating healthy and exercising, we may be missing the mark as to why this is important. In other words, there is much more to it than slaying in a swimsuit and the reasons might scare you.
Aside from being able to fit into your new wardrobe you recently purchased online from Asos, there are a few hidden benefits to exercise that many people may be unaware. Let’s take a look at some of the lesser known why staying fit and healthy is more important than just looking good.
Few people really know the mental side of being healthy, but it has such a HUGE effect on our mental wellbeing. For example, exercise reduces stress, releases endorphins (happy chemicals in our brain), thereby making us happier from the inside out. Additionally, according to Shape.com, exercise helps to:
- Prevent cognitive decline
- Alleviate anxiety
- Boost brainpower
- Sharpen memory
- Increase relaxation
- Tap into creativity
Help with certain addictions
It’s no wonder many fitness gurus have such an incredible story to share, many of which start off with an addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc. This isn’t some strange coincidence. No, just the opposite in fact. You see, exercise helps with control, mainly with addictions. The brain releases dopamine, the “reward chemical” in response to any form of pleasure, be that exercise, sex, drugs, alcohol, or food.Exercise can help in addiction recovery. Short exercise sessions can also effectively distract drug or alcohol addicts, making them de-prioritize cravings (at least in the short term). Working out when on the wagon has other benefits, too.
Exercise has so many more added benefits than just looking good (although, we all LOVE that perk) and we really should start to make it a priority in our lives. If taught at a young age all these incredibly outcomes of adding exercise to your daily routine, it really can help us live a healthier and happier life overall.