With Summer right around the corner, it can be easy to feel stressed when it comes to working out. Besides feeling confident on the beach or in your “skinny” jeans – there are many more reasons to exercise that have nothing to do with your waistline. A regular workout routine is essential for feeling your best and living a long, high-quality life; here are a few reminders of why exercise should be a part of your day.
Believe it or not, that two-mile run isn't going to kill you. Research has shown that the more you exercise, the more energy you have. So if you find yourself feeling sluggish all day or can't keep your eyes open when the afternoon hits, try adding a few exercises to your routine.
Better Brain Function
Problem-solving, crafting the perfect email, or nailing a presentation can be easier if you've exercised beforehand. The endorphins that pep you up also help clear your mind, so you can think better and smarter.
Increased Pain Tolerance
A study found that regular cardio three times a week significantly increased participants' tolerance to pain. For anyone who's been knocked down by post-workout muscle soreness, it may seem surprising that exercise can help you feel less pain in the long run, but researchers think regular exercise could be a possible prescription for people who live with chronic pain.
Stressed, annoyed, angry? Go exercise. The endorphins released when you exercise can help put you in a better mood, which can lead to all sorts of happier living moments, from socializing to a better love life.
Even though exercising can rev you up, it's the perfect remedy for too many restless or sleepless nights, since it'll help you burn any excess energy you have during the day.
So the next time you're thinking about skipping that workout class or run after work, think again. You’ll be thankful you didn’t.