Every once in a while, someone will ask me why I love going to the gym and working out so much. I usually respond by saying that there are too many reasons to list.
While there are easily over 100 benefits of working out, I’ve come up with a list of 10 reasons why I love going to the gym. These aren’t in any particular order. And I could probably come up with another 20 or 30 benefits of working out off the top of my head. But these are the main benefits that keep me motivated to go to the gym (almost) every day.
1. Increased confidence
This is, maybe, the biggest benefit of working out. The confidence that you get from going to the gym is incredible. And you don’t have to look like a fitness model to experience this. Just knowing that you are making progress and working on creating a fitter version of yourself is enough.
After just a couple of months in the gym, I already felt better about myself. Being more confident can only improve your life. Asking for that raise at work, approaching that cute girl/guy at the coffee shop, or standing up to someone that’s been giving you a hard time all require confidence. Working out has given me the confidence to accomplish my goals without fear.
2. Better mood
In all the years that I have been going to the gym, I can count on one hand the number of times I left feeling worse than when I arrived. And in these rare instances, it was because I was not feeling well to begin with and had no business going to the gym in the first place.
No matter how much I may not want to go to the gym on any given day, I always leave feeling better than when I got there. The trick is to just get there. That’s the hard part. Once I get to the gym and get my blood pumping, I always feel better. And this mood boost doesn’t end when I leave the gym. A good workout leaves me feeling good all day.
3. Increased energy
Not only does working out put me in a better mood, but it also leaves me feeling energized for the day. Sure, I may be a little tired immediately after a workout but, as soon as I recover, I feel great all day.
And I’m not just talking about physical energy. Getting a good workout in early in the day keeps me mentally sharp all day. When you work out you’re pumping blood not only to your muscles, but also to your brain.
4. Increased strength and endurance
One of the most obvious benefits of working out is that, over time, you will get stronger, faster, and have more endurance. This ties in closely with a number of other things on this list. Being stronger and having more endurance makes you more confident, better in the bedroom, and better at almost all physical activities. Working out will give you an edge on the basketball court, in the bedroom, and at anything else you do that requires strength and endurance.
5.Better sex life
Working out can have a drastic effect on your sex life. And by drastic, I mean drastically positive.
Having more confidence will make it easier to approach girls/guys. And being fit means you can enjoy all kinds of fun outdoor activities and physical dates together. I shouldn’t have to tell you that having more endurance in the bedroom is also a huge plus. Add increased strength and flexibility into the equation and sex will be better than ever!
I don’t know about where you live, but around here there’s a whole lot of negativity going around. People at work are usually grumpy and negative. At the grocery store and the coffee shop people are in such a hurry that they don’t have time to say “please” and “thank you.”
But, at the gym, positivity is everywhere and it’s highly contagious. Gym rats often have the undeserved reputation of being judgmental, narcissistic, and rude. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Everyone in the gym is there for the same reason: to better themselves.
And most experienced gym-goers love to help newcomers by showing off their knowledge. The gym is a highly positive environment, which almost always leaves me feeling positive for the rest of the day.
7. Learning experience
I have learned so many things from working out. And, I’ve learned a ton about myself. You’d be surprised what you can learn about yourself when you’re deadlifting 415 pounds, or when you’ve been on the elliptical machine for 45 minutes straight.
And, I’ve acquired an impressive amount of knowledge about the human body. In fact, I’ve learned more about the human body from working out than I did in college (I have a B.S. in a medical/health field) or from my emergency medical training (I was a certified EMT). From working out I’ve gained an in-depth understanding of the musculoskeletal system, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, and, to a lesser degree, all other areas of the body. I’ve learned a ton about nutrition, pharmacology, and kinesiology.
And, perhaps the most surprising thing I’ve learned from working out is how to cook! Ten years ago I struggled to make a good bowl of macaroni and cheese. Now I can cook just about anything. I can tell you how many calories, fat, carbs, and protein is in just about any food. As you can see, working out has been an amazing educational experience for me and it can be for you, too.
8. The pump
It’s all about the pump. It’s all about looking in the mirror at the end of your workout and feeling like a beast.
If you don’t know what a pump is, it’s when your muscles fill with blood after doing an exercise. This makes the muscle that you worked look and feel bigger than usual. If you’ve never experienced a pump, then it probably doesn’t sound that great. But, trust me, it is.
There is no better feeling than looking in the mirror after an intense arm/shoulder/chest workout, seeing and feeling your muscles look fuller than ever, and having the satisfaction of knowing that you’re making progress. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the film Pumping Iron, famously said that having a pump is better than having sex. Now, I don’t know if I would go quite that far… but I must say, it’s close.
9. Work ethic
Going to the gym, day after day, week after week, month after month, has taught me that working at something a little bit every day pays off over time. This is a lesson that I never really learned until I started working out. Just an hour a day, four or five days a week, can yield amazing results.
I have applied the work ethic that I gained in the gym to other areas of my life. Take this website, for example. I sit down for a few hours a few times a week and work on my website. The results aren’t immediate. But working at it day after day, week after week, month after month is starting to yield results.
People are learning from my website. I’m starting to get really good feedback and comments on the site and on social media. A little bit of effort on most days pays off over time. Nothing has taught me this lesson as well as working out has.
Your body isn’t going to change overnight. It’s not going to change in the first week. Even a month isn’t enough time to see drastic results. But stick with it, working out for less than an hour a few days a week, and over time you will see amazing results.
10. Improvement in all other areas of life
Some of the things that working out improves have been mentioned, but not everything. Actually, I couldn’t list everything that working out improves…because working out literally improves everything.
Every single aspect of my life has gotten better since I started working out several years ago. My sex life is better. Not only is the sex itself better, but also the quality and quantity of women that I date now. I sleep better. I wake up with more energy. I’m in a better mood. I have more energy at work. I’m much more energetic when I’m with my son. My self-esteem is higher than it’s ever been. I’m more focused. I have more physical and mental energy. I feel less stressed and have less anxiety. I get compliments from girls and guys every time I take my shirt off. I’m more positive. I’m more optimistic about the future. I eat better. My skin looks better. I could go on and on.
As you can see, working out has tons of benefits. The key is that you have to stick with it for a while. Don’t just go to the gym for a few weeks and quit because you don’t look like a fitness model yet.
Having a good physique takes time, but it’s worth every second of time and every drop of sweat. You never hear somebody say “I wish I didn’t spend so much time improving my health by working out. Feeling good and looking good is terrible.” There are so many reasons to work out. And so few reasons why not to.
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