3 Good Reasons to Workout (That Have Nothing to do with How You Look)

3 Good Reasons to Workout (That Have Nothing to do with How You Look)

Let me start by saying that no one enjoys chest, calves, and biceps day as much as I do. Looking good is a great motivation to hit the gym, and sometimes the thought of looking good at the beach really is enough motivation to get you to the weight room.

However, there are plenty of non-superficial reasons to consistently hit the gym as well, many of which you may not normally consider.

Help to Deal With Stress

This benefit is somewhat obvious to anyone who consistently works out, however, the reasons for it may not be.

When we exercise, our brain releases feel-good hormones such as dopamine and serotonin, which help us to cope with stress. Additionally, the feeling of control that you get from completing a workout can go a long way toward helping you deal with stress. Whether you are pumping out bench presses or grinding through a spin class, the feelings of success and satisfaction after a gym session are hard to replicate elsewhere.

Regardless of how bad your day at work was or how many failures you had at home any given day, for at least an hour you can achieve something significant.

Build Social Connections

Although it may be awkward to try to find a love interest in the gym, the gym is an excellent place to both make friends and build business connections.

In fact, many professionals have begun to build connections in the gym, opting to workout with potential business partners instead of hanging out in bars or on the golf course.

And why not?

What better way to get to know someone that you may become business partners with than by seeing how hard they push themselves in the gym?

Add Value to Your Personal Brand

Our actions and habits, along with what we say (especially on social media) determine our personal brand, or how others view us. Most people will not admit that they care about what others think of them, but on some level, for some reason or another most of us do care what at least some other people think.

Even if you don’t shout out every workout that you complete from the rooftops(twitter) when you workout consistently people begin to take notice. What consistently working out says about you to other people is that you are a disciplined, consistent person, which can have a really positive impact on your personal brand.

I’m not suggesting that you should workout only because you want to impress other people; I’m saying that when you consistently try to improve yourself, other people will take notice and be impressed, which is certainly an ancillary benefit.

There are many great reasons to hit the gym, but sometimes the not-so-obvious ones have more staying power. When looking good in front of the mirror isn’t enough motivation to get you to lace up your running shoes, think about how much better you will immediately feel, who you might meet, and who is going to respect you a little more for it.

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Matthew Johnson is a fitness writer, personal trainer, strength coach, as well as a former gym owner. Matthew holds an MBA from The University of Memphis and a Master’s in Exercise Science from Middle Tennessee State University. Matthew has also earned the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential from the NSCA. Matthew recently published his first book, 300 30 Minute Workouts for Busy People, and lives in Memphis, TN with his wife, Anna, and their dog Henderson, and cat, Sox.
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