Magazine, Spring 2017: The Easter Issue, Wellness

How Working Out Does More Than Change Your Physical Appearance

Matheus Ferrero

If you are someone like me, you probably hate working out. Not just the actual action of working out itself, but just thinking about working out makes you cringe. The thought of getting in your car, going to the gym, and spending an hour or so in the gym? You figure there are better ways to spend your time. You eat healthily, so why do you need to work out? Working out gives you muscles, slims you down, and tones you up. You look better and appreciate your appearance more, but working out does more than changing your physical appearance. According to the Mayo Clinic, here are some benefits of regular physical activity:

  • Exercise helps to improve your mood and boost your energy
  • Daily exercise helps prevent weight gain or helps to maintain your current weight
  • Exercise helps promote better sleep
  • Exercise has been shown to combat diseases and other health conditions

I’ve never been one who has been part of the fitness craze. The last physical job I had was working at a barn four and a half years ago. However, I realized when I left how much I missed being active on a daily basis. I had muscles where I’d had none before. Overall I felt better in general, not just physically but also mentally. When you are having a hard day, sometimes a quick, 30-minute workout is all you need to feel better. Working out puts you in the zone. It calms you down by releasing mood-enhancing chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin. Working out doesn’t have to be strenuous, cardio inducing exercise. A quick Pilates session or a one-hour Zumba session is enough to get your blood pumping, and your muscles fired up.

Adds Years to Your Life

Working out does more than changing your physical appearance. It can also add years to your life. According to Fitness Magazine, in a study done at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, working out for 30 minutes three to five days a week adds SIX years to your life. For every half hour you work out, you add a year to your life. Working out helps to boost your immune system. Every time you work out, you are building your immune system stronger and fighting things such as colds, flu, and other diseases.

Mental Illness

There are other benefits to working out as well; if you are someone who suffers from anxiety or depression, regularly working out has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Working out has been shown actually to reduce airway inflammation in those who have asthma. The more you work out and strength train, your body becomes more agile and flexible which helps improve balance and helps prevent falls and other serious injuries. Studies have shown that working out on a regular basis can also help to improve memory and other essential functions.

Whether we like to admit it or not, working out does more than just change our physical appearances. It helps us feel better about ourselves, inside and out. It improves our physical and mental wellbeing and helps in warding off diseases while helping reduce the effects of others. If you are just starting out, try working out 10 to 15 minutes a day and slowly work your way up. Doing jumping jacks, jumping rope, or walking on a daily basis are good ways to start working out. Whatever your occupation in life, make sure you include working out!

How do you work out? 

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