Working out can be a huge effort – sometimes it’s so hard to get motivated to hit the treadmill.
But did you know that exercise has as much of a positive effect on your mind as it does on your body?
Don’t believe us? Here’s seven ways how.
It’s an endorphin releaser.
Endorphins make you happy, and exercise is one of the best ways to bring them out. So if you’re feeling blue, hit the ground running – and see if it makes you feel a bit better.
It helps you calm down when you’re angry or stressed.
Everyone has rough days sometimes, but instead of taking it out on a big bowl of comfort food, you may find that exercising is a better way to vent your frustrations.
It wakes up your brain faster than coffee.
Caffeine isn’t actually as effective as a wake-up call as some people seem to think, but hitting the gym is the perfect way to provide a morning energy boost.
It creates new brain cells.
Exercising frequently and keeping your blood flow strong means you’re also promoting the growth of new brain cells, which can help protect against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
It helps you keep your life on schedule.
If you’re attending designated gym classes, you’ll have to organise your life around them. It means you’ll also break up your week and the days will seem to go by faster.
It keeps your brain healthy.
Ever felt attentive and focused after a workout? That’s because exercising increases the blood flow throughout your body, directly affecting your brain and keeping it healthy and happy.
It manages anxiety.
Psychologists say that a 10-minute walk may be just as good as a 45-minute workout, as physically active people have lower rates of anxiety and depression than those who don’t move around as much.
So what are you waiting for? Go on – work out!