Here are 21 scientific reasons explaining the benefits of exercising.
For women, including those taking antidepressants, exercise has been shown to increase sexual arousal.
Working out regularly has been linked to fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Physical activity can help prevent and manage Type 2 Diabetes. At least one out of three Americans will develop this disease in their lifetime.
Exercise could play a role in increasing 'good' cholesterol and lowering 'bad' cholesterol.
Studies have found that exercising can reduce airway inflammation in people with asthma.
Strength training could help build strong bones and has been linked to a lower risk of osteoporosis.
People who exercise vigorously were found to also have higher levels of mood-boosting vitamin D — probably because they spend more time out in the sun.
While the popular belief that exercise can increase your metabolism isn't true, it does burn calories.
Working out has been associated with a more effective cardiovascular system and a lower risk of heart disease. Even low-impact exercise like yoga has shown these effects.
Regular exercise has been shown to decrease stress levels.
Research has found that short bursts of intense cardio training can help people lose weight and shed fat.
Your body can become more agile through exercise and strength training, which could improve your balance and help prevent falls and other injuries.
Regular exercise has been found to increase immunity, though scientists aren't sure how this works yet. It could rid your airway of bacteria that lead to colds, or make your body produce more antibodies that fight sickness.
Aerobic exercise has been linked to memory maintenance, so it's especially important for older adults to stay active.
Staying fit is associated with a longer life. People who are active for seven hours a week are 40% less likely to die young than those who exercise for 30 minutes or less.
Being active is even associated with a reduced risk of some cancers. One-third of all cancers in the US are linked to diet and exercise, according to the American Cancer Society.
Stressed at work? Go for a walk. Exercise has been linked to a reduced risk of workplace burnout.
Working out is associated with improved self esteem and confidence.
Regular physical activity has been shown to help alleviate the symptoms of ADHD.
Staying active is linked to better sleep.
Exercise energizes you with endorphins right when you finish, and it's associated with long-term increases in happiness, too. Are you ready to start reaping these benefits?