Are you having a hard time making regular exercise a habit? Focusing on how it benefits YOU can make it easier. In this post, we’ll be looking at 10 selfish reasons you can use to motivate yourself to exercise. Because to do anything consistently, it helps to be motivated from within.
According to neuroscientists, behavioral therapists, doctors, philosophers, and every health expert, exercise is the most important habit you can adopt. It builds more than muscles and is a gateway activity to a lot of mental skills such as confidence, discipline, and determination.
If you’re not feeling the pull of the gym right now, knowing these benefits may eventually help you take that step. So, take a look at these 10 reasons and let them motivate you — now or eventually — to get into the exercise habit.
1. Exercise improves your cognitive function
You’ll feel more alert and focused. Might this help you in your career or in school?
2. Exercise improves your confidence
Could you use more swagger? Exercise will give it to you!
3. Exercise helps you to look better
If you love dressing up then you know you can pull off any look better when you’re at a healthy weight and have body positivity. Exercise gives you oodles of both.
4. Exercise increases your libido
Studies show that women who exercise regularly are more easily aroused, have more intense orgasms, and greater flexibility and endurance (in bed).
5. Your hot body will attract more partners
Your looks, specifically a toned body, will get you more attention from men (and women).
6. Exercise teaches you life skills
Skills like goal setting and self-discipline that you build from working out can be leveraged in the pursuit of even bigger life goals.
7. Exercise helps you heal faster
Exercise boosts your immune system, increases circulation, reduces inflammation, and kicks stress’s butt. It’s also great for chronic health conditions such as asthma, constipation, an underactive thyroid, and digestive illnesses.
8. Exercise will help you age better and live longer
Scientists studying what is termed “successful aging” have proven that people who exercise experience less debility as they age. People who exercise regularly also have minimal chronic diseases and less cognitive decline as they age.
9. Exercise is natural-Prozac
Exercise releases feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain. In a study conducted by British economist George MacKerron with over 50,000 volunteers, they found that exercise makes people very happy. In fact, get this–only sex makes people happier.
10. Exercise increases productivity
The number one excuse people give for not exercising is that they don’t have time, but getting in a good workout gives you energy, i.e. more time. In fact, it’s been estimated that exercising makes us at least 2x more productive.
Now that you have some good reasons to think about, the next thing to do is figure out how to make exercise a consistent habit. There are many factors—convenience, time, enthusiasm, and having the energy you need to exercise —that will affect your consistency. One by one, work out what it’s going to take for you to form the habit.
Christine is a Life Strategist and Emotional Health Coach living in Los Angeles. She's big on meditation and believes in systems and routines, and in personalizing everything you do to help you get where you want to be.