Whether you want to gain a little muscle, lose weight, or just improve your overall health, it's not too late to make going to the gym a New Year's resolution. Here are 5 of many reasons to make it happen:
1. Physical health
While this may seem obvious, by working out you are doing wonders for your body. Besides controlling your weight, it reduces your risk of a number of diseases including cardiovascular disease and some cancers, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. All of this, plus you're greatly increasing your chances of a longer life. No matter your age or weight, you can only benefit by incorporating some physical activity in your life.
2. Mental Health/Stress Reduction
Everyone knows that working out is beneficial for the body, but many people overlook its' incredible influence over the mind. The stress of a hard day at work or a bad day in general will melt away with some aerobic exercise. It reduces anxiety, improving one's mood. Additionally, as you age, you can keep your judgement and learning skills sharp with muscle-strengthening and aerobic activities 3-5 times a week.
3. You're getting the most out of your money and your time
Think about the cost of a cup of coffee. For even less than half of that cost per month, you can afford a gym membership that allows you to achieve your fitness goals. Instead of 30 minutes spent watching T.V. from the comfort of a couch, spend the same 30 minutes on a treadmill while you watch videos on your phone. If you find it difficult to complete a workout, this could be a good way to distract yourself. Before you know it, you've burned serious calories.
4. You're getting much-needed "me" time
When you think about your daily life, filled with work, meetings, appointments, housework, and social activities, how much of your time is really your own? By joining a gym, you can make a deal with yourself to designate whatever amount of time you choose to working out--because when you take time for exercise you're taking time for yourself. For half an hour, you can tune out the rest of the world and give yourself that time to improve (as mentioned above) your physical and mental health. What better gift?
5. You're part of a community
Whatever your shape, size, or workout goals, going to the gym offers you a sense of community. You'll be surrounded by people who share the same or similar resolution as you. Whether you want to engage by taking a group fitness class or you simply want to get in and get out, you'll have the opportunity to do your thing and reap the benefits. You'll know you're not alone in your journey.
There you have it--5 reasons get up and go to the gym and make this new year's resolution count. Please feel free to share your own reasons or workout goals below!