Forget the untied shoe laces, only wearing one backpack strap, your wheely bookbag and hall monitors from elementary school. Those old school favorites are in the past and should stay there (definitely the wheely book bag, that thing was weird) but it is about time we brought back a staple from our elementary school days, gym class! Working out everyday is a vital ingredient to a healthy lifestyle and should be apart of every person’s daily routine. Just 30 mins of exercise a day can make a huge impact on an individual’s life. Let’s take a look at the benefits you probably didn’t realize you receive from working out daily….
- Stress Relief
Exercise also increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress. So go ahead and get sweaty — working out can reduce stressand boost the body’s ability to deal with existing mental tension.
- More happy brain chemicals
Just watch this and you’ll understand…
- Improved confidence
This one should be obvious. You’re working out, of course it’s going to make you feel better!
GO OUTSIDE! Get some Vitamin D and take a walk around your neighborhood or a local park
- Stay smarter longer
Working out prevents cognitive decline, yup thats a thing. Read this to understand more but basically working out helps boost the chemicals in the brain that support and prevent hippocampus degeneration
- It’s like a stress ball for your whole body
- Get Smart
Apparently cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells! Studies suggest that a tough workout increases levels of a brain-derived protein (known as BDNF) in the body, believed to help with decision making, higher thinking, and learning.
Research shows that workers who take time for exercise on a regular basis are more productive and have more energy than their more sedentary peers
- You’re the next Picasso
Not only will your body be more healthy but so will your mind. A heart-pumping gym session can boost creativity for up totwo hours afterwards
While it may seem like this list is unrealistic and exercising could never really make you into the next Picasso it is true that daily exercise has many benefits for your mental and physical health. There’s a reason gym class is required all throughout your lower schooling and it’s a real shame that as a society we seem to forget those benefits once we become “adults”. So I say it’s time we take a step back and learn from our elementary school friends and just work out. As Nike would say, “Just Do It.”
Check out more great reasons to work out here.