Young couple stay motivated to exercise by cycling and having fun

No Motivation to Exercise

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? Putting on some workout clothes and working out every day.

This was when I realised that exercise routines 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 lost a fair amount of weight as well.

HealthHub Tip: If you’re not a runner, there are many other exercises you can enjoy. Go for a bike ride or play a round of tennis with your friends. For more ideas, join our free workout programmes and start moving anytime, anywhere. There’s something for every age and fitness level, no matter whether you prefer solo or group activities.

Still not convinced? Have a read through these reasons and hopefully they will motivate you to start your own exercise plan!

5 Reasons to Stay Motivated to Exercise and Lose Weight

1. You'll be happier

Exercise makes you feel good. 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.

HealthHub Tip: Regular exercise is one of the easiest way to get rid of stress and calm our nerves. Achieving at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week will improve our mental and physical health by leaps and bounds.

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.

Thinking better will do wonders in helping you achieve your goals. Are you on your way to the top of the class?

HealthHub Tip: Exercising increases our heart rates, which increases blood and oxygen flow to our brains. It is important for us to keep exercising, especially we get older. Exercising helps increase our mental functions and lowers our risk of dementia.

3. You'll look better

Is weight loss your end game? 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 and have no plans to embark on a weight loss journey, exercise can help prevent unnecessary weight gain. Getting those toned muscles are a great bonus to work toward as well. ;)

HealthHub Tip: Healthy eating habits and regular exercise are essential to weight loss plans. If you are having trouble reaching your weight loss goals, read these tips to help you stay motivated and on course to reach your ideal goal weight.

4. You'll get sick less often

Battling another cough or cold? Or, do you often feel tired? Are you unable to reach your goals in life because your poor health is hindering you?

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. It reduces your 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? :)

HealthHub Tip: Regular exercise can help stave off chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.

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 stay motivated!

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

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