Less talked about reasons to exercise

December 23rd, 2015

Most of us know that exercise is good for your health, helps you sleep better, and can improve your disposition. And while these benefits are undoubtedly great, you may wonder if there are any other, less talked about ways exercise can improve your life. To bring some of these benefits out into the open, we’ve compiled these five reasons to exercise that are often left unsaid.

Live longer

While getting regular exercise is great for your health and wellbeing right now, it also has long-term benefits that are often overlooked. One of the biggest is that it can help you live a longer life. In fact, research has shown that a regular exercise routine can add as much as seven years on to your life. And we’re not talking about years where you’re resigned to a wheelchair or bed-ridden. With regular exercise, you can live a higher-quality life for a longer period of time that lasts into your seventies, eighties, and even beyond.

Better sex

Maybe you’ve heard of this benefit of regular exercise but, let’s be honest, it’s worth bringing up again. Regular exercise can help you become the sex god or goddess you’ve always wanted to be. Men who struggle with impotence can skip the viagra and opt for exercise instead, as studies have shown that men who exercise often are less likely to suffer from impotence. As for women, ever heard of the coregasm? It’s exactly what it sounds like: specific ab workouts can produce so much pleasure that they help you to climax. But if you can’t manage the coregasm, don’t worry - there are other sexual benefits to gain. You can still strengthen your pelvic floor, which is sure to help you enjoy your time in the bedroom a little more.

Ease PMS symptoms

Whether PMS makes you feel angry, irritable or depressed, exercise can help reduce these symptoms. A 2013 study monitored a group of teenage girls over an eight-week basis, during which time they performed a 60-minute cardio session three times a week. Afterwards they reported fewer PMS symptoms, and felt significantly less depressed and angry.

Quit smoking and other addictions

Any smoker who’s ever attempted to stick to a regular exercise routine knows all too well the negative impact it can have on a workout. Coughing, chest pains, and burning in your lungs are common. But this pain can be used as motivation to kick your smoking habit for good. Of course, there is a more scientific explanation for the power of exercise to halt addictions. You’ve probably heard exercise releases endorphins - but what you might not know is that the endorphins released during exercise move on the same neural pathways as addictive substances. That means the natural high you get from exercise is quite similar to many drugs you may be addicted to.

Save money

Yes, gym memberships and exercise equipment can be expensive, which is why you need to look at these purchases as an investment that will pay dividends and literally save you money in the future. You might ask how. Well, exercise is essentially preventative healthcare and, by doing it regularly, you’ll be less likely to get sick. Over time, you’ll begin to notice the savings made from skipping the expensive doctor’s visits, prescriptions and surgery. And businesses are catching onto this idea of preventative healthcare, as well. In fact, the leaders of the company Johnson & Johnson estimate that their wellness programs for employees, which include exercise, have saved the organization around 250 million dollars since 1995.

Ready to start exercising? Get in touch today to learn how else exercise benefits you, and start becoming your best you now.

Published with permission from FitnessAdvisory. Source.

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