We know that you know you’re rolling your eyes right now. You’ve heard it time and again from everyone from celebrities posting from their in-home gym live from their mansions to your mother just how important working out is. But, seriously, we have to talk about it. There’s a good chance that your workout routine isn’t what it was a few weeks ago. But no matter how you do it, the benefits of exercise are always the same. Working out can help your mind, body, and soul (sorry for the cliche). Those things are more important now more than ever as we’re all social distancing leaving us stressed out, isolated, and seated most of the day. No matter if you’re a yogi or a fitness class enthusiast, there are plenty of ways to get your workout on at home.
Working out reduces stress levels. No one is saying it’s a magic cure-all, but there is tons of research out there that shows working out is a known de-stressor. Harvard Medical School has proven that aerobic exercise helps curb stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, while also pumping feel-good endorphins. That’s right, while you’re jogging down the block with your dog your brain is relaxing at the same time. Pretty cool, huh? A 2018 study published in Lancet Psychiatry discovered that people who exercise regularly reported 43% fewer days per month with poor mental health than those who don’t work out. Bottom line: there’s a chance that exercise can make you feel happy. The link between exercise and happiness is a well-researched topic. Just one study from the University of Vermont found that just 20 minutes of exercise can boost your mood for 12 hours. According to the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three to five days a week is optimal for mood benefits.
Need a confidence booster? Well, sure, we all do! Getting through a tough workout can give you such a huge confidence pick-me-up. Let’s be honest, we’d all much rather be laying in bed right now watching endless amounts of Netflix, but by sticking to a plan can make you feel like you’re on top of the world.