Exercise doesn’t only have to be about getting yourself in shape. That’s obviously one of the best reasons to practice your fitness regularly, but there are other benefits as well.
Let’s say you’re having a bad work day or the kids just won’t let you have any peace and quiet—throwing on your running shoes and getting outside can not only do your body good by triggering those feel-good endorphins—it can also help you chill out after rough day.
A Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise study showed that that soothing effect may be tied to the confidence you get by exercising regularly. Many people experience anxiety if they aren’t comfortable with their bodies, but choosing to get in shape can improve your view of yourself. As a result of this, you can curb your stress.
You should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week—especially muscle-building and aerobic activities. You won’t be sorry!