-by Nicole Bowers | 03/22/2017 |
Call me crazy, but I actually look forward to hittin’ the gym, and eating a healthy, veggie-packed meal afterward. However, getting to the point of loving the gym and wholesome, nutritious foods usually doesn’t happen overnight.
Ultimately, I got a gym membership because I wanted to lose a few pounds. Then, along the way, I’ve discovered so many more added bonuses to working out than just weight loss.
To everyone who isn’t sold on adequate exercise and a good diet simply because they’re already at a healthy weight, I encourage you to take a look into the mysterious world of diet and exercise; considering the numerous health benefits it has to offer, there’s much more to gain than just a leaner physique.
- More Energy: It may sound counterintuitive, but expending energy on consistent workouts actually boosts your overall energy levels. Having an exercise routine gets your body going, and prevents you from being a lazy lump on a log. Plus, energizing healthy foods will give you the fuel you need, unlike junk foods which only offer empty calories.
- A Happier You: Regular workouts tend to elevate your mood due to the release of endorphins, pain-relieving hormones. Also, witnessing progress along your fitness journey will surely result in improved self-esteem and increased confidence. Eating healthily will be a positive experience, too, because it won’t cause the unwelcome energy crashes that result from a poor diet.
- Mental Health: I know numerous people who claim they eat right and exercise because of what it does for them mentally, rather than physically. Exercise can reduce stress, anxiety, and act as an antidepressant, which makes it a healthy outlet to turn to and focus on. Also, the right diet can be an important accompaniment because many nutritious foods can affect these mental health issues positively.
- Money Saver: In the moment, the cost of workout gear, a gym membership, and organic produce might seem a bit overwhelming, but it’ll end up being a money saver in the long run. Investing in your health now saves you on future health costs. Oh, and chances are, you’ll live longer. Woohoo!
Better Sleep: If you expend next to no energy during the day, how will you expect to sleep at night? After exercising, your body will know that it’s time to sleep the second you hit the mattress because it actually needs that time to rest and repair. More energy during the day and a full night’s sleep sounds like a win-win to me. You can even look into pairing exercise with eating certain health foods that are sleep-inducing.
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