In the recent years, joining to the gym has become more of a fad. What is with all the beautiful and exclusive gym-wear that is being produced by everyone from celebrities to designers? It has become the ‘in’ thing to do!
It is not just the beautiful gym-wear that has made joining a gym so popular, but it is the exclusivity of the gym itself, that has made it all the more sought-after. While we all know that going to the gym is beneficial for all of us, not everyone really thinks that way.
As mentioned earlier, the recent trends have shifted the spotlight on ‘Gyms’, as opposed to the times when going to the gym was considered a bit nerdy and sporty! Let us see at the various factors that prompt us, the real gym-goers, to go to the gym everyday!
When You Need to Lose Weight!
Losing weight has to be the biggest motivation to join a gym. A good gym has a number of different equipment to suit your needs. If you are a beginner, using a treadmill is the obvious choice and once you get comfortable, you can move on to the elliptical, the rowing machine or a stationary bike. You can even divide your workout in to smaller segments and intermix the use of different machines. Remember you did not put on this weight overnight.
Don’t think of the gym as a magic cure. You will need to make a conscious effort to go to the gym at least 5 times a week and 30-40 minutes in each session! Add in a few strength training moves and you will soon notice a difference in your weight. However, one thing to keep in mind is that losing weight is not just about exercising. You will need to be mindful about your diet, as well.
When You Need to Control Your Cholesterol
While we are all aware of the fact that exercising helps us in losing weight, there is one important thing that regular exercise keeps in check. That is your cholesterol!
Cholesterol can be good/ HDL or it can be bad/ Triglycerides and LDL. An interesting thing is that when you exercise regularly, even if you are not losing a whole lot of weight, your cholesterol levels attain a normal level. That is, exercise not only boosts the level of good cholesterol, but it greatly reduces the levels of triglycerides and LDL which are precursors for a lot of health issues including cardiac diseases.
Regular exercise has also been attributed to keeping type 2 diabetes, arthritis and even some types of cancer at bay! Another reason for you to join the gym ASAP!
If You Are Felling Low or Stressed, Head to the Gym!
The day-to-day stresses of life can take their toll on you. While it is always good to talk about it to someone and ease your mind, not everyone has the time and stamina to listen to your ongoing depressive and mundane details of everyday life!
To ease your mind and get a ‘Happy’ burst of cheer, hit the gym! When you go to a gym and work out, your body releases feel-good hormones, such as serotonin, that make you leave the gym in a happy mood.
Furthermore, when you are exercising on your own, you get the time to think and procrastinate and get everything in perspective. You will see that things are not as bad as they seem and you will leave the gym on an upbeat note!
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When You Need to Put Your Brain in the Game
It is so easy for us to fall, both physically and mentally, in to a monotonous lifestyle. While this may seem comfortable, there comes a time when you get tired of it all and literally want to break the chains.
Going to the gym and regularly changing your exercise routine constantly challenges your brain and your body. Furthermore, it has been proven that when you exercise, levels of a brain-derived protein also increase, which in turn improves your decision-making and higher thinking. Exercise also improves memory and learning! So put your brain in the game!
When You Need to Regulate Your Sleep Cycle
Though it may sound counter-intuitive, but research has shown that regular exercise is said to have a positive effect on your sleep cycle. It has been proven that people who exercise regularly, tend to sleep faster and have a more restful sleep as opposed to their non-exercising counterparts!
So one more incentive for you to join the gym! If you want a restful night’s sleep, exercise and exercise regularly!
Regular Exercise is Always Beneficial, even if you Don’t Have to Lose Weight!
Change Your Routine Every Now and Then to Challenge Yourself!