Ten Compelling Reasons to Start Working Out

If you've clicked on this post, I presume you're thinking about starting a workout routine but need a little motivation. Or maybe you already enjoy working out but want to learn a little more about the health benefits.

Here are ten compelling reasons to lace up those trainers and get a sweat on, that have nothing to do with weight loss.

1. Exercise makes you happy. Yes, you really are only one workout away from a good mood.

2. It improves mental ability, memory and concentration.

3. It also improves mental health and guards against depression and dementia.

4. It revs up your metabolism for the rest of the day. Over time, you'll also build muscle which burns calories even as you rest.

5. It helps you sleep better by improving both the length and quality of your slumber.

6. It can protect against heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes and high blood pressure. You'll also notice yourself getting minor health niggles such as colds less often.

7. It encourages you to eat better. When you see your body changing, you'll be motivated to keep it healthy by eating the right foods.

8. It increases energy. The more you exercise, the more energy you'll have.

9. It gives you confidence and improved body image.

10. Finally, it helps you to live longer. Even if you've never exercised a day in your life and only start working out mid-life you'll decrease your risk of premature death by 23%. 

These ten things are really just the tip of the iceberg when we talk about reasons to exercise. So don't just view working out as a necessary evil; incorporate it into your lifestyle and reap the many health benefits for the rest of your life!

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