“I don’t know how to use the equipment.”
“People are going to judge me.”
“I’m not fit enough.”
“I don’t have the money.”
“I don’t have the time.”
“I’ve always failed at this before.”
These are only a few of the many reasons women are hesitant to start working out – whether that be by joining a gym or starting a fitness regime in the comfort of their own home.
But what about the reasons why you should start working out?
Well, there are lots of those, too, and surely, the benefits outweigh the risks!
1: You Will Meet New People!
At first, entering any new environment is scary, and this is an especially common theme for women who are previously unfamiliar with exercise.
However, with time (and a little bit of effort), you will begin to recognize faces and may even end up with a gym buddy somewhere down the line!
In addition to joining a gym, there are a variety of different classes available in today’s fitness industry – things such as boot camps, spin classes, yoga, and running clubs!
Not only do these offer instruction, but there is sure to be more than a few people who are feeling just as nervous as you!
With time, the atmosphere doesn’t feel so intimating and you may soon find a new friend group and people you look forward to seeing on a regular basis!
2: Your Mental Health Will Improve!
Time and time again, research has shown how beneficial exercise and activity is for mental health.
Exercise has been shown to be effective for specific mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
However, the benefits that exercise offers on our general and day-to-day mental health can’t be ignored. Stressed out after a workday?
Go for a short run. Had an argument with your spouse?
Go to a boxing class and work off that frustration.
Feeling sad, or even grieving?
Go to a yoga class and find some peace.
No matter what your day held, working out can help alleviate some of those negative thoughts and replace them with feelings of strength and accomplishment.
3: Your Metabolism Will Improve
As we age, our metabolism slows down. Suddenly, those Friday night pizzas, salty bag of chips, and full bottle of wine start to have an effect on our body.
But, and let’s be honest for a second, what fun would life be without those things?
Being active and working out builds muscle mass, which in turn burns calories.
Being careful of what we put into our bodies is important, but with working out, lifting weights, and doing cardio, we can enjoy those treats without fear of serious repercussions on our body and its image.
4: Your Energy Will Improve
Fatigue is one of the most common issues in today’s high functioning, stressed, and overworked population.
However, many people suffer from fatigue that is not tied to a specific medical condition.
For many, we spend our days sitting at desks or traveling long distances in transit, and our body does not have to work very hard to keep up with these sedentary activities.
But with exercise, blood flow is increased to not only our muscles, but also our brains, and hormones such as adrenaline and endorphins are produced which can provide us with more energy.
5: You Will Have Fewer Aches And Pains
Movement is medicine!
Common muscular and joint complaints include back pain, upper back and neck tension, as well as knee and hip discomfort.
However, much of this is caused by lack of activity. This can then lead to stiffness of joints, which can reveal itself in throbbing or aching pain.
Muscles are no longer being utilized, so they begin shutting down and not activating, which can cause other muscles to compensate, overwork, and then become strained.
Working out strengthens our muscles and makes our bones stronger, which in turn protects our bodies and makes us less susceptible to injury.
6: Your General Health Will Improve
For the vast majority of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, the prescription that most health professionals agree upon is exercise.
Although medications are often needed in these situations, one of the factors often responsible for these conditions arising in the first place is physical inactivity.
When we starting working out and begin gradually increasing our physical activity levels, our body begins to be able to regulate itself more efficiently, and many of these conditions see huge improvements, and often complete resolution!
7: You will become more confident, feel empowered, and be able to motivate others!
Starting your day off with a short workout can quickly increase your energy levels and make you prepared and confident for the day ahead.
At the end of a long workday, having the motivation to go to the gym is something you will be able to hang your hat on and say you accomplished.
Many women aren’t happy with their bodies, but working out and seeing how your body transforms over time will not only make you like how you look, but you will also feel stronger, braver, more independent, and confident.
This will then translate to many other aspects of your life, and you will accomplish things you never dreamed possible!
Remember, everyone has to start somewhere, and that somewhere starts with you getting up and getting going.