Work It Out: 5 Convincing Reasons Why You Should Be Exercising

Chavonne Hodges
Chavonne Hodges is a NYC-bred Advertising professional by day and fitness enthusiast by night. Her love of music and fitness inspired to her to start GrillzandGranola, a fitness brand for trap and R&B lovers, merging contemporary music with exercise. When she's not working one of her many passion projects, she's recording her imaginary mixtape and discovering new music under the pseudonym "Young Chavo."

It’s never too late to start exercising!

1. Exercise makes it possible for you to feel like Beyonce.

Ok, maybe not exactly like Beyonce, but at the very least, your best self. When you workout, your body releases chemicals called endorphins, and these endorphins not only reduce your perception of the pain, but they also trigger your brain to enter a state of euphoria. With major depression being one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S., the psychological benefits of physical activity are well worth it!

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2. It makes your skin glow.

Physical activity reduces stress, which often contributes to acne breakouts. The increased blood flow and oxygen delivery to skin cells from exercise swiftly carry away pimple-inducing toxins.

But there’s a catch: In order to reap this benefit you should 1) wash your face/body immediately after working out and 2) wear a sun-protecting moisturizer when working out outdoors.

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3. Physical activity makes you leaner.

The weight loss benefits are pretty evident, but did you know that nearly one-third of Americans are now considered obese? A healthy way to start losing weight via diet and exercise is to perform moderate to high physical activity for 150 minutes per week, and gradually eliminate processed foods. That’s only 30 minutes per day! Leave the cayenne pepper and lemon juice cleanses alone!

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4. It’s good for your heart.

Currently, heart disease accounts for nearly 25 percent of all deaths in the U.S. each year. There are numerous studies that highlight the cardiovascular benefits of exercise — from lowering your risk of high blood pressure to improved breathing and blood circulation. Physical activity is a proven, natural remedy for various heart-related ailments.

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5. It helps your hair grow!

Long hair, don’t care. Like your skin cells, the increased blood flow from cardiorespiratory workouts also affects the hair follicle. More specifically, it’s the improved oxygen delivery that stimulates hair growth and the stress-relief benefits of exercise that prevent the hair from falling out.

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So there you have it! Get moving now! Oh yeah, and bikini season is only few months away, so here’s a simple interval workout to Drake & Future’s “Jumpman” to get you started:

To discover new tunes and learn new moves, check out GrillzandGranola, a fitness experience for trap and R&B lovers, merging contemporary music with exercise. Or follow us on Instagram @grillzandgranola

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