Why Should You Exercise?

  1. Reduce stress.  One of the most common mental benefits of exercise is stress relief. Working up a sweat can help manage physical and mental stress.
  2. Boost happy chemicals. Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness.
  3. Improve self-confidence.  Physical fitness can boost self-esteem and improve positive self-image. Regardless of weight, size, gender, or age, exercise can make you feel better about yourself.
  4. Enjoy the great outdoors.Exercising in the outdoors can increase self-esteem even more. A little fresh air, sunshine and exercise can work wonders for self-confidence and happiness.
  5. Stop brain aging.  Working out, especially between age 25 and 45, boosts the chemicals in the brain that support and prevent degeneration of  an important part of the brain for memory and learning.
  6. Reduce anxiety. The warm and fuzzy chemicals that are released during and after exercise can help people who feel anxious.
  7. Boost brainpower.  Cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells and improve overall brain performance.
  8. Sharpen memory. Regular physical activity also boosts memory and ability to learn new things.  Research has linked children’s brain development with level of physical fitness and a study showed that running sprints improved vocabulary retention among healthy adults.
  9. Increase relaxation. Moving around five to six hours before bedtime raises the body’s core temperature. When the body temp drops back to normal a few hours later, it signals the body that it’s time to sleep.
  10. Get more done. Research shows that workers who take time for exercise on a regular basis are more productive and have more energy than people who sit around all the time.
  11. Tap into creativity.  Exercise boosts creativity for up to two hours afterwards.
  12. Inspire others.  Studies show that most people perform better on aerobic tests when partnered up with a buddy.