Need a Reason to Hit the Gym? Here’s Six to Convince You
You’re tired, you worked late, it’s cold out, you’re sore – there are endless reasons you can use to convince yourself to skip the gym. But how about focusing on the reasons you should break a sweat? Here are six convincing reasons why you may want to sign up for a personal training session, join a group fitness class or even just take a jog outside:
You’ll be Happier
That’s right – exercise can improve your mood! When you work out, your body releases feel-good hormones, and may even increase levels of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine levels in the brain that can help manage depression. Not a bad reason to start off your day with some exercise, huh?
You’ll Be Less Stressed
Have a bad day at work? Spill coffee on your brand new shirt? Step in dog poop on your commute home? Head to the gym to blow off some of that built-up stress and anxiety. Studies have proven that working out reduces the stress hormone cortisol to leave you feeling more relaxed. Plus, hitting a punching bag or sprinting out your issues on the treadmill feels pretty damn good.
You’ll Sleep Better
If you lay in bed each night tossing and turning, try to fit a workout into your day. Exercise can actually improve your quality of sleep. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week provided a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality.
You’ll Set a Good Example
Making sure to get to the gym a few times each week may help your loved ones to live a healthier lifestyle. When you exercise, your friends, family, significant other and kids … they notice, and they may even pick up on the same behavior.
You’ll Be More Creative
Sometimes, coffee doesn’t do the trick in waking your body and your mind up. Breaking a sweat, however, can help. In fact, exercising can boost creativity for up to two hours after your workout. Your body and your brain will feel refreshed, and ready to take on the day.
You’ll Make Healthier Habits
That self-confidence you feel after you finish a good workout can stay with you the rest of the day, and may even make an impact on the choices you make. You may not be as tempted to grab one of the donuts a coworker brought to the office, and you might even choose the stairs instead of the elevator.
What’s the reason you go to the gym? Whatever your reason, we want to help you along on your fitness journey. Sign up for personal training sessions and Chicago group fitness classes here. See you in the gym!