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Work Out to Feel Good; Looking Good Is Just a Side Effect

New research from the American Academy of Sports Medicine has found that the psychological benefits of working out are as important as, if not more than, the physical benefits. It is ironic that most people work out for beauty rather than health, isn't it? Or that most people don't start exercising until they need to lose weight rather than just to stay healthy and, oh I don't know, live longer?

Think of it like a cycle of sorts: When you exercise you are going to feel better. You'll probably feel less stress and more relaxed, you'll sleep better and most likely you'll be more confident too. This awesome feeling will lead you to want to exercise more. The more you exercise, the more you will start to see real physical results. Seeing the physical results will further increase your psychological benefits, leading you to want to workmout even more. Get my drift here? People who exercise just to look better, on the other hand, may get discouraged because we don't always see the physical benefits of exercise immediately.

Get moving for your health, and everything else will come in time!

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JKe895 JKe895 10 years
Haha, I agree. It's been over 4 years and I couldn't be happier! I'm all about promoting physical fitness to others because of all of those benefits but you have to want to do it as well.
rookie rookie 10 years
Agree completely with you. I started out running and doing high-intensity hiking almost 3 years ago out of interest, and to become and stay fit. And although I didn't need to or intend to, I ended up losing about 20 pounds, and gained many compliments! I still feel most proud when someone compliments my stamina or fitness, as opposed to when they say that I've lost weight :-) No wonder my mom still thinks I am a hopeless tomboy!
italygal italygal 10 years
this is true, i know whenver i work out afterwards i'm in a really good mood...endorphins right? which means i should probably hit the gym tonight because i got on the scale this morning and almost had a heart attack.
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