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Some benefits of working out are obvious; exercise keeps you fit, slender and allows us farm girls to continue doing what we do. Less apparent advantages, though, are just as vital for your well-being and shouldn’t be overlooked. Once you realize how exercising more can help you be happy and healthy, you’re more likely to want to put on your running shoes or visit the gym and just go for it.

The feel-good factor

You might not always feel terrific before working out. In fact, one of the reasons you don’t always want to make an effort to exercise may stem from low energy or being in a negative mood. When your blood starts pumping as you take action, though, the feel-good factor comes into play. Your body produces chemicals that increase vitality and improve your mental state.

Enhanced motivation

Have you ever noticed how people who exercise on a regular basis are motivated? You might imagine they were born with the enthusiasm to be productive and throw themselves headlong into life, but this isn’t the case. Working out improves your mindset, not just by making you feel better, but also by providing mental clarity. Exercise shifts the brain fog that makes you lethargic and uninspired. With a clear head, you want to be industrious and get things done.

Less anxiety

Exercise can reduce depression and worries. While you walk, run, or workout, your stress lifts; this is partially due to hormones but also stems from taking action. Most people sit around doing nothing but worry when they are down, which intensifies their condition. Getting up and moving leaves less time in which to fret and affirms you are positive rather than in a state of despair. Your brain responds by decreasing stress chemicals. Plus, being proactive by exercising helps you see you are capable of being effective, which means you can change your mood.

Boosts self-esteem

Exercise helps you stay in shape, and when you’re fit, you look and feel attractive. While your appearance isn’t the most important aspect of you, it does influence your self-image. The way you see yourself has an impact on how confident you are, so you succeed in life. Also, when you look awesome, you are socially confident and less concerned with your appearance. Instead of checking it every five minutes, you relax, safe in the knowledge you look fabulous.

Healthy love life

Your love life will improve if you exercise regularly. You’ll be more self-assured due to your beautiful body. Additionally, studies show women are more likely to feel aroused when they exercise often, and men suffer less from erectile dysfunction when working out is part of their routine.

If you want to feel terrific, worry less, and have greater confidence and motivation, plus a better love life, start exercising more. Of course, you’ll also enjoy the obvious benefits of working out, like better health and a fitter body.

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Add Side Lunges To Your Workout Routine

If you haven’t already, you really need to add side lunges to your workout as what is probably the best way to strengthen your quads, hamstrings and glutes. This lateral lunge targets the inner and outer thighs further toning and shaping your legs. Sneak this one into a really good core routine and you have a workout that will give you farmgirl power!

Instructions

Lunge to one side with the first leg.
Land on the heel, then forefoot.
Lower your body by flexing the knee and hip.
Return to original standing position and repeat by alternating sides.

Tip: Keep your knee pointed in the same direction as your foot.

Don’t forget to stretch and cool down after the workout, this will help you
with soreness and muscle recovery.


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