The benefits of exercise go far and beyond weight loss or a number on a scale. There are many benefits that come from a regular workout regime that have little or nothing to do with how many pounds you lost this week. This knowledge alone should motivate and excite you to take the next step in your fitness journey. The great thing about exercising and getting in great shape is not the weekly number on an electronic scale. It’s the intangibles that really hit home. Improved sleep, better vitality, improved relationships. The list goes on and on. Here’s four of the biggest benefits that we notice in our clients at Ace Fit Club.
1. Improved mood/self-esteem – This is one of the key benefits of getting in shape. You’ll just feel better. When you work out, a number of mood boosting hormones flood your brain, including feel good endorphins, the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin and dopamine, which plays a part in reward and motivation. Also, add to this the fact that exercise has been known to relieve stress and anxiety and you are onto a winner.
2. Better sleep – The importance of quality and regular sleep cannot be understated. It is a cornerstone of good health and should be a priority for people. A regular exercise regimen is a sure fire way to ensure your quality of sleep improves. Studies have also found that people sleep better and are more alert during the day when they get 150 minutes of exercise a week.
3. Stronger muscles – Through regular exercise you will start to build stronger muscles. You won’t just find everyday movements easier to complete, you’ll also improve your heart health, keep injuries at bay and improve your posture. Who doesn’t want that! The key is to progress your workouts over time, either through varying the repetition range and/or the weight used. Your personal trainer will know what to do to keep your muscles working a variety of different ways.
4. More agile and flexible for longer – This is one of the game changing benefits of regular exercise and getting in shape. The fact is people who exercise are more agile and flexible for longer, and substantially so. People who exercise are also generally happier and more enthusiastic than those who don’t.
Bottom line is regular exercise and strength training makes you feel better and feel good about yourself, so don’t just focus on a number on the weighing scales.