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4 Benefits of Exercise That Have Nothing to do with Looks

Most of us want to get fit so we can feel good about the way we look, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with that as long as that desire isn’t coming from a place of self-loathing.

But, there are so many other reasons to pursue fitness that have much more utility in our everyday lives…Here are four of my big ones:

 

1.  Stress relief

Exercise is an incredible stress-reducer. Not only does it trigger the release of endorphins that calm tension throughout the body, but it makes us really pay attention to our bodies. Next time you work out, listen to your body and your breathing and try to stay mindful of how each move feels. Engaging with your body during a workout will relieve stress by refocusing your mind on the task at hand instead of all the worries floating around in your head.

And don’t get stressed about trying to fit a workout into your schedule- it doesn’t have to be long and boring. In fact, it shouldn’t be (unless you’re training for something). Want tons of short (<20mins) and challenging workouts? Sign up for the next round of my Triple Threat Bootcamp.

 

2. Better sleep

Studies show that regular exercise improves both the quality and duration of our sleep cycles, and let’s be honest-we would all be a little happier with better sleep. Improved sleep patterns lead to superior health and energy levels, which will make working out even easier. See where I’m going with this? Getting into that healthy cycle with exercise and sleep will translate to the rest of your life and help you sustain a healthy #TripleThreatLifestyle.

3. Higher energy

Exercise boosts our mental and physical energy through the release of endorphins. When we’re exhausted and working out seems impossible, going for a walk or doing a short 20-minute workout will give us that boost of energy that we need to carry out the rest of a busy day.

4. Stronger confidence

Ever tried pushing through a tough fitness class or lifting a weight you never thought you could? Getting through a physical challenge and coming out stronger on the other side will work wonders for your confidence.

Regular exercise makes us feel stronger, builds self-esteem, and keeps us in a positive mindset. Want to see what I mean? Join the next round of #TripleThreatBootcamp! Check out all the details and sign up here.