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Top 10 Reasons to Exercise (not including losing weight)

10. You’ll Improve Your Memory

Ever feel like you think a bit more clearly after a good workout? Not only is your brain getting more energy and oxygen, but many studies have shown that exercise can boost your memory and help you learn better.

9. You’ll Have Better Posture

Good posture is important, and one of the best ways to fix your posture is to exercise the muscles holding you back. Regularly exercising your abs, back, and other muscles can go a long way into fixing your posture, both sitting and standing.

8. You’ll Boost Your Confidence

Obviously, exercise can improve your appearance which can improve confidence, but there’s more to it than that. Exercise can also help you feel more accomplished and social (if you work out at a gym). Even if you don’t see immediate results in your body, that effort will make you feel better—and a bit of confidence can go a long way.

7. You’ll De-Stress

We all have stress in our lives, whether it’s the occasional rough day or a more serious, chronic problem. Stress can really wreak havoc with your mind, but studies have shown that exercise is a great way to combat it. Not only are those endorphins natural stress-fighters, but getting yourself into that exercise groove helps get your mind off the things stressing you out.

6. You’ll Sleep Better

If you ever have trouble falling asleep at night, the National Sleep Foundation says that regular exercise can help you sleep better. The best time to work out is in the morning or the afternoon, rather than before bed—if you exercise too closely to bedtime, it can actually have the opposite effect!

5. You’ll Have More Energy

It may seem counter-intuitive—after all, working out can drain your energy quite a bit—but regular exercise can actually make you feel more energized throughout the day. In fact, one study found that exercising in the middle of the day can leave you feeling more energetic and productive for the rest of the afternoon.

4. You’ll Have Better Sex

Do we have your attention yet? Yes, studies have indeed shown that regular exercise can increase arousal and decrease men’s risk for erectile dysfunciton, likely because exercise improves circulation (which is pretty important when it comes to sex).

3. You’ll Get Sick Less Often

Nobody likes getting sick, and exercise can help. A recent study found that people who exercised regularly were half as likely to get a cold than people who didn’t—which is odds I’d gladly take.

2. You’ll Live Longer

It’s no secret that healthy living will keep you alive longer, but you might be surprised at how much. One study found that exercise improves life expectancy as much as quitting smoking.

1. You’ll Just Be Happier

All this put together equals a much happier you. It’s not just those “runner’s high” endorphins—regular exercise can actually improve your life in oh-so-many ways. All you need to do is make it a habit—the University of Bristol found that people’s mood significantly improved on days they exercised, so find a way to fit a quick workout into your daily routine and you’ll be well on your way.

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