We’ve all had those days when you know you should work out, but you have absolutely no motivation to do so.
It may encourage you to hear that exercise really is super good for you. There’s a mountain of research backing up its many benefits.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend at least 2.5 hours of moderate cardio activity or 1.25 hours of vigorous cardio activity every week, plus two days of strength training.
You can work up to that goal by starting small, though.
To motivate you to get moving, here are 10 research-based benefits of exercise:
For women, including those taking antidepressants, exercise has been shown to increase sexual arousal.
Working out regularly has been linked to fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Physical activity can help prevent and manage Type 2 Diabetes. At least one out of three Americans will develop this disease in their lifetime.
Exercise could play a role in increasing ‘good’ cholesterol and lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol.
Studies have found that exercising can reduce airway inflammation in people with asthma.
Strength training could help build strong bones and has been linked to a lower risk of osteoporosis.
People who exercise vigorously were found to also have higher levels of mood-boosting vitamin D — probably because they spend more time out in the sun.
While the popular belief that exercise can increase your metabolism isn’t true, it does burn calories.
Working out has been associated with a more effective cardiovascular system and a lower risk of heart disease. Even low-impact exercise like yoga has shown these effects.