3 Reasons to be FIT
As healthy living becomes more fashionable in America, you may ask yourself: “Why should I work out?” Well, we all know that working out is a chore, but this chore provides such an immense benefit that you really shouldn’t miss out on it. Being fit can save you money, boost your self-esteem, and reduce stress.
But what does being fit mean, anyway? Well, it means that you are able to engage in different types of exercises with ease. It means that you have an awesome working heart, that your body is flexible, and that your muscles are strong. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of working out regularly.
It could save you lots of money
Are you having some pain in your back, wrist, elbow, or knee? Are you experiencing some kind of discomfort? You may not think much of it, but imagine having those problems 2x, or 5x, or even 10x worse than they are now! As you get older, your bones and muscles become weak and stiff. For people who don’t exercise, this process occurs much faster because your body doesn’t think you need your muscles that much!
As your body gets weaker and weaker, the chance of injuries increases. Imagine playing tennis and as you go for a good swing, your shoulder muscles don’t have the strength they need to move the racket. Suddenly, you hear a pop. Well, it looks like you just tore your shoulder muscles. The doctor tells you that it doesn’t look good and you need to go through surgery. So you pay a certain percentage for your surgery fee while your insurance covers the rest. However, it doesn’t stop there—you will have to spend more time and money on physical therapy before you can use your shoulder again. I don’t mean to scare you by any means, but it seems to me that you could save a lot of time and money if you stayed fit by working out regularly.
Being fit is a great boost to your self-esteem
Look, body positivity is a great thing, and people need to love themselves—but everybody wants to improve. Imagine flattening your stomach and getting rid of those love handles. How would that make you feel? How about a bigger chest, wider shoulders, and defined arms?
All of us take pride in our physical appearance to a certain degree, no matter what people say. Does that make us shallow? No.
We brush our teeth, shave, do our hair, and bathe (hopefully) every day. We like to be presentable and appealing to others. Being fit makes us more appealing, so we feel better about ourselves in that sense
Helps reduce stress
Being fit doesn't just mean physically, but mentally also. Yoga is a great form of exercise that helps develop mental fitness and flexibility.
Even running and general weight lifting helps with improving your mental state. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), there's usually an instant mood enhancing effect about five minutes after you start a sweat sesh. While that flood of feel-good endorphins feels absolutely incredible, it's important to realize that incorporating exercise in your day-to-day routine has long lasting effects on your mental health, as well.
Every day we deal with our boss, work, traffic, family, and many other stressors in life. Exercise can help put your mind at ease and help you enter a better state to deal with these common stressors.