Experts have praised the benefits of exercise for decades, but how does working out affect your life? On a discussion forum, women shared their experiences with exercise and how it has changed their lives in ways they never imagined.
1. Increased Confidence
One of the most frequently mentioned changes is increased confidence. “Confidence because I got thicker and more toned. It feels really nice making my body look better,” one woman expressed. When you start seeing physical changes in your body, it can significantly boost your self-esteem.
2. Reduced Body Pains
“I started doing 30 minutes of yoga every night. I used to have a lot of neck and back pain. All pain has gone,” said one woman. Exercise can help with various chronic pain issues, including back pain, joint pain, and headaches.
3. Anxiety Relief
For one woman, anxiety relief is another benefit of regular exercise. “Working out changes my anxiety from ‘needs medication' to ‘manageable,'” she shared. Exercise is a healthy way to manage stress and anxiety.
4. Muscle Gain
One woman proudly shared, “Mostly my weight. I gained around 15 pounds of lean muscle, and I look better in my 30s than I ever did in my 20s.” Building muscle can help you feel stronger and more capable, and it can also boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories throughout the day.
5. Improved Mental Health
Regular exercise has been proven to improve mental well-being. “Working out got me out of a brutal depression, gave me more energy in general, it gave me more self-confidence and self-respect. It made me see just how strong, beautiful, and healthy my body and mind can be with just a little bit of effort,” one woman shared.
6. Clearer Skin
Clearer skin is another benefit of regular exercise. Exercise can help boost circulation and reduce inflammation, leading to radiant, healthier-looking skin. “My skin started clearing up; I noticed less acne,” a woman remarked.
7. Improved Focus
“Better focus at work. I have been trying to work out in the mornings before work instead of leaving it for the end of the day. And I've been having a lot easier time being focused in the mornings,” a woman commented. Exercise has been shown to improve cognitive function and attention span, which can help you be more productive and focused throughout the day.
8. Increased Self-Love
When you start taking care of your body and seeing positive changes, it can improve your self-esteem and help you feel more confident and self-assured. According to one woman, “The self-love/confidence I have for myself went up for sure.”
9. Improved Diet
Not only does exercise help you build muscle, but it can also significantly impact your diet and energy levels. As one woman wrote, “I started eating better. Immediately lost 20 lbs just from not being bloated! I have more energy and am motivated to be more active throughout the day.”
10. Improved Quality of Life
“Everything. I'm in my 50s and look and feel better than in my 30s. I have energy, I sleep well, I like how I look, and I'm confident about myself,” a woman said. Exercise can help you feel more capable, confident, and energized, improving your health and well-being.
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