​Once upon a time, I was someone who rarely exercised. Like most of you, exercise was relatively unimportant to me. During my free time, I would much rather hang out with friends, go shopping, surf the net, watch TV...pretty much anything except exercise.

Until one fine day, I met up with an old friend of mine to whom we had long ago given the nickname "professional couch potato". It was one of the biggest shocks of my life! He looked completely different. Compared to his previously lethargic and overweight form one year ago, he had become an energetic and slim young man. His secret? Working out every day.

This was when I realised that daily exercise could do amazing things to a person. I was so impressed and motivated by my friend, that that very day I started my workout routine of going for a 30 minute run every day as well. The effects were amazing - I felt more alert and slimmed down a lot as well.

Still not convinced? Have a read through read these reasons and hopefully they will motivate you!

1.      You'll be happier

Exercise keeps you in good spirits.

Regular physical activity helps fight off those blues and keeps you in good spirit.

Chemicals such as Endorphins released by your brain during exercise help lift up your mood in no time as these chemicals have a euphoric effect.

2.      You'll think better

No way! It seems too good to be true....right?

Think again! Studies show that regular exercise does in fact help enhance cognitive thinking ​in individuals and also decelerates or even reverses the brain's physical decay.  

Studies also show that the area of the brain responsible for higher cognition - the hippocampus - enlarges slightly when an individual exercises frequently.

Are you on your way to the top the class?

3.        You'll look better

Instead of those diet pills, try exercising.

I'm sure this is nothing new to you, and you've heard this a million times - that's because it's true.

Consistent exercise has been and will always be the most effective way to lose weight.

If you are not overweight, getting those toned muscles are a great bonus to work toward as well. ;)

4.       You'll get sick less often

Battling another cough or cold? Or, do you often feel tired?

A simple exercise routine a few times a week may just be the answer to strengthen your immune system.

Try it for a few months and see how much more healthy and robust you'll feel.


5.       You'll save money

Think of exercise as a preventive medicine.

You decrease the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes (the list goes on) each time you exercise.

Ultimately, it is all about the return on investment.

Regular exercise saves you the time and money that you would have possibly wasted had you fallen sick.

The saying "A man without his health is a poor man" makes more sense now right? :)

As you can see, there is a plethora of benefits to regular exercise.

So what are you waiting for? The next time you feel like giving up on your workout, think of these benefits to motivate yourself!​

​​This guest article is kindly brought to you by Lim Yu Xian, who was studying at NUS. when it was first published.