out provides a smorgasbord of benefits for the body, mind and soul. While it
can be hard to ignore the devil on your shoulder telling you why you shouldn’t
work out, we’re the angels here to tell you why exercise can make you feel
is not all about getting those cheese-grater abs — it’s about moving your body
in a way that feels good for you. Beyond improving your physical health, let’s take
a look at the top reasons why regular exercise will make you feel happy and
1. It Gives You Feel-Good Endorphins
When we think about physical health and
exercise, it’s easy to get swept up in the mentality of ‘no pain, no gain’. But
working out can do just the opposite.
When your body engages in physical activity, like going for a run or hitting up
your local fitness club for a group session, your body releases chemicals known
Endorphins interact with brain receptors
to reduce the sensation of pain and give a euphoric feeling. So much so that you
may even get hooked to that post-exercise high and begin to crave it.
2. It Can Help You Say Sayonara to Stress
Exercise is an excellent tool for managing stress. In a hyper-connected world,
it’s a powerful thing to channel your focus on a single task, clear the mind
and let your stress melt away.
As an instant mood-booster, it’s
also proven to help improve your sleep, ease stress levels and even have
greater control over feelings of anxiety or depression.
3. It Gives You Great Self-Confidence
Regular exercise can have a domino effect. By bettering your physical health,
this can help you feel better in your own skin. Rather than obsessing over a
number on the scales, we encourage Virgin Active members to think about
exercising as a holistic approach to look and feel better.
high-intensity aerobic exercise with yoga and meditation can bring balance to
your life. It can even have great kick-on benefits to your self-confidence and
positive mental health.
out our article
on How to Find Balance During Your Week to see how you may find your yin
and yang in the gym.
4. It Can Create Community and Comradery
The saying ‘there’s strength in
numbers’ may be on the money when it comes to working out with others. Group
exercise classes are a great way to create a sense of community and to keep
everyone accountable for showing up themselves.
by the Journal of Social Sciences found that people are influenced by the
exercise behaviours of those around them — so group exercise can be a powerful
Working out in a group can also make
the experience fun, social and make it easier to establish a fitness routine.
5. It Can Be Done on Your Terms
With no shortage of exercise options,
the ball is in your court for how you like to do it. Shaking things up and
keeping things interesting may be the sure-fire way to keep you motivated,
while others may crave that sense of routine and consistency.
Whether you prefer full rein of the gym
to workout the way you like, group classes or a mixture of both, the options
are limitless with Virgin Active.
Book your free,
no-obligation Virgin Active tour today to find a fitness journey that’ll
bring a smile to your face.