1. Increase your strength:
Strength is always practical, no matter if you’re a young athlete or a parent working a 9-5. After all, what other way is there to prevent atrophy and stay healthy as we get older? Strength training increases tendon strength for healthy joints, maintains/increases muscle mass (especially important as we get older), and increases bone density.
2. Balance and coordination improvements:
These two are improved through tasks that require knowledge of where your body is in space (proprioception) and how to manage your center of mass.
3. Boosts your mood:
Getting through a hard workout boosts endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. Plus, who doesn’t feel good while progressing at the things they do?
Let’s be honest here. We all train, at least in part, for aesthetic reasons. Even if not specifically for it, we can all agree that it is a positive byproduct of whatever the primary goal may be. If you increase lean mass, you can reduce fat mass.
It can be boosted if we feel good and know that we look good, or are simply putting in the work to look/feel better than we did yesterday. Stay positive and keep working everybody, results come to those who stay patient and put in the work.
6. Behavior change:
Creating consistency makes working out just like brushing your teeth in the morning or any other daily habit. Sooner or later, that debate between the little angel and devil on your shoulders will simply stop happening.
7. Prevent chronic illness:
Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety, etc. have all been associated with a more sedentary lifestyle. Looking good is great and all, but feeling good is where the party’s at.
8. Discovering a new interest:
Maybe you’ll find a new hobby or even a passion that you can look forward to doing on a daily basis, whether it’s lifting, boxing, distance running, or anything else within the realm of possibilities. Most importantly, find what fits your lifestyle, goals, and interests. This makes getting started way more enjoyable.
9. Get out of pain:
Oftentimes, people’s aches and pains can simply decrease or go away when they start exercising. Get moving and get yourselves out of pain people. But of course, seek out professional help if need be, folks.
10. Increase your knowledge about your body:
Start working out, find what you’re good at, and also what you’re not so good at. The things that are harder for you will tell you where your weaknesses may lie. Maybe you love squatting but find benching difficult. Don’t get discouraged by this. Set realistic goals, get to work, and enjoy the process.