There are obvious benefits to being fit. If you stick with an exercise program long enough, you no longer feel like you have to avoid your bathroom mirror when you get out of the shower. The more you do it, the more confidence you have in your body and the better you feel.
But have you ever thought about the hidden benefits that come with staying fit? They are not the benefits that a personal trainer is going to tell you about when you sign up for the gym, but they should be top-of-mind when you think about sticking to a regular routine
More Money in Your Pocket
It’s a proven fact that regular exercise can improve heart health and lower blood pressure, along with a myriad of other benefits. But having a regular workout routine in place means you will be healthier, which means less trips to the doctor, which means less money you have to pay out of your pocket to visit the doctor.
The average American spends a bit more than $9,000 per year on healthcare costs. Imagine being able to cut that in half because your cholesterol is under control and you don’t need heart medication because you make it to the gym on a regular basis? It’s not something you would necessarily think about while you’re sweating your butt off, but it’s a nice benefit you realize at the end of the year when you balance the checkbook.
A More Productive Career
You know the feeling: you drag yourself out of bed in the morning, go through the motion of showering and getting changed, then you dread arriving at work for the entire commute.
But have you ever considered it might not be because you hate your job, but because you’re not getting enough exercise?
When you stop exercising, your body fat levels, endurance levels and insulin sensitivity are all impacted. But you’re also missing out on blood flow to the hippocampus (the part of the brain responsible for memory) when you stop working out. Even though cognitive abilities are not impacted when blood flow decreases, if your job is dependent upon your ability to have your brain working at 100 percent, you are not going to operate at 100 percent at work. This could be the reason why you despise going to work every day.
There is a chance a regular workout schedule will boost your performance at work and lead to better results and a better mindset.
A Happier Social Life
We all know regular exercise boosts your mood. It’s science, people.
Being in a better mood means you are less likely to experience depression, less prone to anxiety, and probably don’t carry as much stress with you. This enables you to spend time on things that really matter, like friends and family.
How many of you take time out of your busy schedules to hang out with friends and family members who are not fun to hang out with? Not many. So if you are in a better mood, more people will want to spend time with you. Science also says spending time with friends boosts oxytocin levels in the brain. Not to get all geeky on you, but oxytocin supports serotonin levels in your brain, which is the chemical responsible for making you feel good. (Okay, we got a little geeky.)
So…if exercise puts you in a better mood, you are probably going to seek out time with friends. Once you start to engage, the oxytocin starts flowing, which results in happier times.
Do you want to experience some of these benefits? Sign up today for a free, no-sweat intro at Grand Trunk CrossFit!
In a recent post, we wrote about what you could expect when you came to our box to try CrossFit for the first time.
Hopefully, you read it and we took some of the mystery out of what an hour of CrossFit actually looks like. If you’re ready to start CrossFit, we want to share with you what is going to happen to your body when you start CrossFit in earnest. We’re all about de-mystifying this sport that is laden with myths in order to help you become a more awesome you.
You Will Be Sore
The first few weeks after starting CrossFit will be unlike anything your body has ever experienced, even if you’ve been going to gyms for your whole life. There is a very real chance you will literally have to roll out of bed a few mornings, so you might want to plan ahead to ensure you don’t commit to something. The actual soreness is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, which means the soreness will set in 24-48 hours after the workout.
So if the first morning after doesn’t feel too bad, buckle up for that second morning.
You Will Surprise Yourself
The second-hardest part about starting CrossFit is keeping at it when the soreness sets in and it feels like your muscles will be on fire forever. (Hint: They won’t.) So you will drag yourself to the box the next day and then two days later. After a few weeks of doing CrossFit, you’ll remark to yourself that you’re surprised you’ve stuck with it this long.
The thought of going to the gym again to put yourself through hell is not high on your list of priorities, but you know it’s good for you. You’ll surprise yourself again when you drag your butt to the box to complete another WOD.
And then you’ll keep doing it.
You Will Feel So Good
It’s amazing how your body reacts to regular fitness. No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to start exercising. And the more you do it, the better you will feel.
With CrossFit, you pay a significant amount of money to participate in classes, which is motivation enough for a lot of people to stay at it. With regular CrossFit WODs comes more flexibility, improved stamina, and an overall better feel about your body. And that’s not to mention the improved confidence and better brain agility.
Your sleep will benefit, as well, since regular exercise is proven to improve the quality of your sleep.
You Will Keep Going
Maybe the most surprising aspect of starting CrossFit is that you continue to come back. If you’re like a lot of people, it’s hard to drag yourself to the gym on a regular basis. CrossFit is tougher because the workouts are tougher. You know you’re going to hate it while you do it.
Yet, you still come back and push yourself.
Maybe you never viewed yourself as somebody who could stick to a rigorous exercise routine, but you are pleasantly surprised that you’re doing it.
You know there are a lot of benefits to CrossFit. The longer you continue to show up at the box, you will start to experience them for yourself.
If you’re interested in trying out CrossFit, sign up today for a free, no-sweat intro!
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