20 Ways Exercise Can Literally Make You a Better Person

Why do so many of us fail to maintain a consistent fitness regimen? Usually it’s because we lose motivation after failing to see results. That happens because we exercise to a achieve a long term physical goal, but in reality we want results NOW. Because it takes some time to see these physical benefits we begin to lose hope and eventually give up altogether. If we change our perspective on exercise and decide to workout for the instant benefits, knowing we actually WILL see results immediately, suddenly the thought of sweating it out at the gym becomes a bit more alluring. Right?!

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I’m no good at waiting around for things, like most of us, I want to give 100% up front and reap the benefits as soon as possible. The same is true for exercising. When I first heard that exercise could make me a better person I was a little skeptical. Then I thought about it more, adopted this new outlook on exercising, and realized YEAH, it really does make me a better ME! That’s when I committed to the idea that working out was an investment worthy of my time.

 

Here’s a list of all the amazing benefits of exercise that you can enjoy instantly-

 

  • More Energy
  • Better Focus
  • Improved Sleep Quality
  • Mental clarity
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Sparks inspiration and motivation
  • Strengthens your Heart
  • Teaches Patience
  • Boosts creativity
  • Makes you a better role model
  • Reduces PMS
  • Builds self esteem
  • Improves posture
  • More conscious of making healthy food choices
  • Improves your relationships
  • Great time to catch up on personal development (like podcasts and audiobooks)
  • Teaches Discipline
  • Increases productivity
  • Makes you smarter
  • Boosts happiness

 

Exercise because you love yourself…

… not because you feel the need to achieve a specific physical aesthetic or a certain number on the scale. If you achieve everything on this list by exercising, not only will you enjoy exercise more consistently and be more active, but you will find it easier to let go of whatever weight you’re holding on to.

So every time I am dragging my feet to do some sort of exercise, I remind myself that I’ll be better for it, and I think of all these reasons listed above.

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Now there are a couple of caveats with this whole thing. You MUST find a form of exercise that’s enjoyable for you. If weight lifting is not your cup of tea, then try yoga. If you’re not keen on the idea of running, then start with walks or hikes. Begin with workouts that will elevate your heart rate yet but won’t completely wear you out. If you hate the type of exercise you’re doing, then you won’t feel happy at the end of it and you definitely won’t stick with it. Find the right type of physical activity for you and start reaping the benefits of exercise asap! 🙂

 

 

Be Your Best Self & Live Your Best Life

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15 thoughts on “20 Ways Exercise Can Literally Make You a Better Person

  1. These reasons are all SO TRUE! Like I feel happier on this Monday morning because of a rigorous workout I did on Saturday… I forgot how important and relieving exercise really is.

  2. I truly love this post. My hubby and I exercise together everyday. We lift weights 5 times a week and do cardio 7 days a week. Your list is spot on! Exercising really does so much for a person. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. I absolutely love this post. I never think of exercising as working out. Instead, I like to think of it as a way to make myself better than I was yesterday.

  4. This is a great advice! I signed up for the gym this year but I can’t seem to find the motivation to get there however I always do my Yoga in the morning here at the house…. So maybe I just need to explore other Yoga routines I can do at the house it seems to be the right thing for me. Also during the summer we are constantly hiking! So those are good forms of exercise just wish I could do it year round.

    • Hi Carrie, maybe the gym isn’t your thing? I’m the opposite. I enjoy yoga, but find it hard to make time for it. I’m working on it though 😉 I’m glad your active between yoga and hiking. Have you ever tried pilates? You can do that at home too.

    • Lauren, that’s not sad at all. I always put it on my to-do list and my calendar otherwise it just won’t happen lol. I hope you get it done today! xo-Jenine

  5. Great points. Especially the tip about choosing something you enjoy. People are always telling me they want to use the treadmill. When I ask if they like it, they say no, but they think they should. 😊

  6. Love this list and the variation of benefits. I think it’s so important to find something that you like, because otherwise you won’t enjoy it or stick with it. I love cardio and zumba but I know it’s important to mix in strength. Great tips!

  7. Hi Jenine,

    You have make some excellent points in your post. You are so right that many of us want results right now and we tend to ignore what is in front of our eyes. I know that when I exercise, I have less stress, I sleep faster and I am more productive at work. Depending on my mood, I do yoga, belly dancing or even running. I try to make exercising more enjoyable and fun that way!

    Zaria

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