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Reasons to Exercise 2009-03-30 12:10:00

5 Reasons to Exercise

Whether you're exercising to tone up for tank top and skirt season or you're working out mostly for the health benefits, we could all use a little motivation to get moving. So here are five encouraging facts about working out that will give you more than one reason to hit the gym on your lunch break.

  1. Exercise combats fatigue. Working out releases endorphins, which improve your strength and stamina and make you feel energetic. Increased levels of serotonin in the brain also prevent depression.
  2. Exercise is good for your brain. Because it helps build new brain cells, being active also increases serotonin levels to help you think more clearly.
  3. Movement eases stress. Not only is it a distraction from things that might be bothering us, but exercise also results in reduced muscle tension.

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  1. Being active can improve your social life and enhance your love life. You're bound to meet other like-minded people while at the gym, yoga studio, or if you join a sports team. Working out with your partner, sibling, or friend can also strengthen your bond, and it's often more fun than exercising solo.
  2. You know you'll feel better after you exercise. It only takes 30 minutes a day, so if you can't do it all at once, do 10-minute spurts throughout the day.


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