Most people understand that exercise helps you become fitter and is important to reach your goals for weight loss, but it can help you reach other goals, too. First, let’s look at how it helps you attain weight loss goals. To lose one pound, you have to burn 3500 more calories than you consume. Exercise burns additional calories. It also builds more muscle tissue. Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue does, so the more muscle tissue you have, the more calories you’ll burn 24/7.
Setting and achieving goals for fitness and achieving them can improve your self-belief.
It’s amazing how being successful in one area can affect all areas of your life. Whether your fitness goal was to bench press one and a half times your weight, run nine miles in an hour or lose twenty pounds, achieving your goal builds your self-belief and self-confidence. It transfers to other goals you may set that aren’t related to fitness, like getting a promotion, completing a specific task or finding the answer to a problem. That can help you throughout your life.
When you exercise, you clear your mind and boost your brain power.
Improved circulation does a lot for the brain. It improves functioning by sending oxygen and nutrient laden blood throughout the brain, which can boost your cognitive functioning. Exercise can improve neurogenesis. That’s the formation of new brain cells in the brain. At one time, it was believed you were born with all the brain cells you’d ever have, but now brain plasticity is understood and it’s known that people can boost their IQ and cognitive ability. Exercise also improves the hippocampus, which is the memory area of the brain.
You’ll boost your energy and get more done faster.
When you exercise regularly, you have more energy and won’t tire out in the middle of a task. Whether it’s mental or physical, you’ll be more likely to finish in less time. Your mood is also better when you workout regularly, since it burns off the hormones of stress and boosts endorphins that make you feel better. Everyone would prefer to work with someone who is more pleasant, so it can affect your social life and work life.
- Getting fit and exercising builds mental toughness. Mental toughness is the ability to continue long after others have quit. Going the extra mile is often the difference between failure and success.
- You’ll look more confident because of improved posture. It’s sad to say, but people often judge others by their appearance, so when you look more confident, others believe you have a reason to be more confident. That one change can open doors.
- Besides your posture, exercise makes you look better. Not only will you feel better, but exercise can also trim off excess weight and help you look stronger, more capable and even years younger.
- Exercise can help you sleep better. When you sleep sounder, you awaken more refreshed and feel better. A sound night’s sleep can make you more productive, too. It allows you to be more creative and focused.
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