Reasons to Exercise That Aren't Weightloss
Reasons to Exercise That Aren't Weightloss
Tell me ladies — why do YOU exercise?
For most people, the common answers are to lose weight or to maintain weight. But, have you ever thought about exercise without the word ‘weight’ attached to it?
Sometimes people forget about the other amazing reasons we should exercise. For some BBG girls, other people in their lives don’t quite understand that health, fitness and exercise are a passion, which can make it hard to talk about with friends and family. They may get comments like “You’re already thin, you don’t need to exercise”, because the person making them may not fully understand the motivation behind exercising.
So, whether you are or aren’t looking to lose weight, here are some fantastic reasons for exercising!
Improves your mood and wellbeing
Exercise can cause your body to release feel-good chemicals, called endorphins, which is where that ‘high’ comes from after a workout.
I’m sure you’ll remember that iconic quote from Legally Blonde: Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy! While the thought of doing burpees after a tough day at the office may not sound like your idea of a fun time, a workout (even if it’s a quick one) can help you to feel so much better.
Exercise can also help to alleviate stress. If you’re worried about a report that’s due, rather than sitting and stressing over it, get your heart racing and watch your mood improve. Not only can exercise help to reduce stress in the short-term, but it may also help in the long-term too. This is because exercise places our body under a small amount of stress. Regular exposure to low-level stress may help to increase your ability to cope with larger stresses that life may throw at you. Just remember not to go overboard, as this can potentially result in burnout. Balance is key — so keep an eye out for these signs you shouldn’t exercise!
If you’re feeling anxious, angry or just need a little pick-me-up, try going for a long walk outdoors or do a few bodyweight exercises in your living room and see if you notice a difference!
There’s been a lot of research to suggest that people who are more active generally live longer. As well as improving the length of your life, exercise can also improve quality. For example, weight-bearing exercise (such as cardio and resistance training) has been shown to help strengthen bones, which can help to prevent arthritis and decrease falls later in life. Regular exercise can also help to strengthen your heart, which may reduce risk of heart disease — which is one of the leading causes of death in Western countries. Even doing simple things, such as going for a walk every day, or using easy ways to get fit and healthy can make all the difference.
Regular exercise can be great for your general health, and it may improve your ability to complete daily activities and prevent injuries. Things such as climbing stairs, doing the groceries or even playing with your children are just a few examples. The list of benefits is virtually endless!
This is my most important point. I’m all about focusing on how you FEEL rather than how you LOOK. While exercising to reach a desired goal for your physical looks is fine, if this makes you FEEL bad, then you may want to rethink your reasoning behind it. I think I can speak for most people who exercise regularly when I say they do it because they love the positive emotions they get from it. If you are constantly focused on achieving a certain body type or staying under a certain weight range, you are inevitably going to harbour some negative feelings towards exercise at some point or another.
From my own experience, making it through a tough workout gives you a sense of empowerment like no other. It makes you feel like you can take on anything in the world. The feeling is honestly indescribable, and I’m sure if you’ve ever made it to the top of that hill on a hike or pushed through those last unbearable reps, you have some idea of what I’m talking about!
Exercising can make you feel good as a person. It can help to give you a sense of stability and routine and the energy it can give you is amazing. I know what it’s like to have bad days where you want to lie in bed for hours, but that post-workout feeling can definitely make getting up worth your while. I love that exercise is the one constant in my life that I can count on to help me feel better on the inside, help me clear my mind and be proud of what I have achieved.
Don’t worry about what others say. Do what makes YOU happy. Do what makes YOU feel good and watch as you get rewarded!
Love, Kayla xx
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.