When we hear the word exercise, what usually comes to mind? Is it something that is fun to do? Is it something we feel like everyone should be doing? Most of us are probably visualizing a Greek sculpture right now which is normal. Men usually want the six pack abs, an excessive amount of muscle mass and the beach body for the summer. Most ladies just want to get “skinnier.” From my experience being at the gym, the main reason most people work out is to become more attractive. Ironically, I’ve came to realize that this is the same reason why some people don’t exercise. For instance, I tried encouraging a friend of mine to work out, and he told me “but I don’t want to get big”. The same thing happens when I try encouraging my female friends to exercise. They all tell me “but I don’t want muscle, it would look disgusting!”
Let’s kindly ask ourselves: When was the last time we exercised? Compare the feeling from the last time we did to how we feel now. Do we notice a difference? Do we feel stronger or weaker? Do we have more energy or less energy? Many of us know that exercising makes a difference but do we know why it makes a difference? The answers to these questions serve as an important factor for us to exercise.
Although exercising does give us the “beach body” which most of us desire for, that’s not the main reason why we should exercise. That should only be a bonus. Studies have shown that exercising comes with many benefits. For instance, exercising helps with obesity by lowering a person’s body fat.
Exercising also helps with those who lack energy throughout the day by promoting better blood circulation throughout our body. When we exercise, our body transports more nutrients and oxygen to our tissues such as our heart and lungs. Think about it, when your heart and lungs have more nutrients, wouldn’t your body work more effectively? You bet it will! What’s amazing is burning fat along with proper blood circulation lowers the risk of getting heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and the list goes on.
In addition, if your body has better blood circulation, that can positively impact your sex life. Men may less likely suffer from erectile dysfunction. Women who exercise regularly may enhance their sexual arousal.