It’s funny how far we have come, and how weird we got!
Take a look at this while you are on your way to your bootcamp class tomorrow!
Here are just a few reasons you should start working out!
1. Reduces your dementia risk
Over the years, studies have found that staying active can boost mind function and energy, decreasing the risk of dementia. Physical activity “improve[s] cognitive function in healthy elderly persons, and potentially reduce[s] the risk of developing cognitive impairment,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Dance classes particularly, which require learning skills like memory and concentration, are especially helpful for individuals with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Decreases your osteoporosis risk
Fitness, especially load-bearing exercise, is important for bone health, according to certified personal trainer Leigh Crews. “Exercise can be one of the most important things you can do to prevent osteoporosis, protect yourself from falls and help maintain bone mass,” she says. According to The University of Arizona, strengthening exercises like weight-lifting, jogging, hiking, stair climbing, step aerobics, dancing and racquet sports are best.
3. Improves your sex life
The Harvard School of Public Health found that just 20 minutes of regular exercise a day can improve sexual response in women. Not only does working out leave you feeling energized, but it can also make you feel more desirable. “Since exercise can improve health, vitality, appearance and self-esteem, it does indeed tend to increase interest in—and capacity for—sexual activity,” says David Katz, MD, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. “Just make sure your partner is on the exercise bandwagon as well!” Working out with your partner, Dr. Katz says, not only will allow you to spend time together, but it will trigger adrenaline and other feel-good hormones to get you in the mood.
4. Prevents muscle loss
As we get older, not only do our bodies build muscle less efficiently, but the muscle we already have breaks down more quickly, according to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This makes regular exercise an integral part of healthy aging. “Exercise not only helps us maintain our muscle mass, it can increase it,” says Crews. “This ultimately keeps our metabolism high, gives us strength and endurance to complete tasks of everyday life, and helps prevent falls, which can be a life-changing experience for older adults.”
5. Improves digestion
The Gastroenterological Society of Australia found that exercise helps the intestinal muscles break down food and move it through your system correctly by strengthening the abdominal muscles and minimizing sluggishness. Dr. Katz seconds these findings, noting that regular exercise “can help prevent constipation.” He says even short, intermittent walking throughout the day can help keep things regular.
6. The Results, Baby
There’s nothing quite like setting a personal best. For Kumpf, seeing the results of hard work in the gym keeps her coming back for more. “The feeling of empowerment I get from efficiently performing a squat with more weight on the bar than my previous lift is indescribable,” she says. “It’s a rewarding feeling to know your work yields actual, tangible results that have nothing to do with the scale.” Heather Balogh, the author of the blog Just A Colorado Gal agrees. “Knowing that I have the ability to push my body to the absolute max is fulfilling. There’s no greater sense of accomplishment.”
7. The Confidence Booster
There’s nothing like serious gains to make you feel great about yourself. That’s one main reason why celebrity fitness trainer Lacey Stone loves fitness. “Working out adds to my confidence levels in my everyday life,” she says. Roni Noone, the author of the book What You Can When You Can: Healthy Living On Your Terms says, “For me it’s all about confidence building, ‘me time’ and getting stronger,” she says. “By setting small goals, I feel accomplished lifting something I couldn’t just a few weeks earlier.”
8. The Mental Strength
When you work out, you flex more than just your physical muscles. “When I hit a wall in my workout and feel like I can’t possibly keep going, but then I force myself to push past it, there’s a radical shift in my mentality,” says Adam Rosante, celebrity trainer, wellness expert and author of The 30-Second Body. “I start to question what else I’m capable of in other areas of my life. It’s a game changer.” That empowerment can translate to success outside of the gym, too. “You learn so much about yourself, about discipline, about pushing your limits and about your capabilities when you train,” says Dan Trink, strength coach, nutritional consultant and personal trainer at Peak Performance in New York City. “And these traits are very easily carried over to your job, your relationships, your abilities as a parent and so many of life’s daily challenges.”