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    Posted on Oct 12, 2015

    14 Life-Changing Reasons To Work Out Right Now

    None of which include the words "beach bod."

    OK, we know that many people get their motivation to work out from wanting to achieve a certain look.

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    But exercise can do way more for you than that.

    First things first, it's totally cool if you want to lose weight. In fact, if that's your goal, here's some great info on how to burn more calories in your next workout, how to lose actual body fat, and a few weight-loss tips that will actually get you results.

    But for those of you who have no interest in shedding pounds, we rounded up some amazing reasons why exercise is one of the best things you can do every day to improve your mental health, physical health, and overall quality of life.

    All right, let's get into it!

    1. Working out actually releases hormones that can make you feel confident AF.

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    Regardless of what exercise does for you in the long term, it can also give you a huge self-confidence boost in the short term. "Working out releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones," Marie Schlatter, group fitness instructor at 305 Fitness D.C., tells BuzzFeed Life. "And when you look good, you feel good."

    2. It can also seriously up your sex game.

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    Research shows that there’s a link between regular exercise and better cardiovascular health and blood circulation, which is crucial for sexual functioning. Plus, researchers say that exercising can increase arousal, at least in studies where they measured genital responses.

    All these benefits, paired with your improved endurance and strength, can mean a lot more satisfaction.

    3. And it can intensify your orgasms.

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    When you orgasm, your pelvic floor muscles contract, and strengthening those muscles can make the sensation feel deeper and last longer. As BuzzFeed Life previously reported, doing exercises like squats and glute bridges will strengthen your glutes, which pull the sacrum outward (the bone that supports the spine and pelvis), while doing kegels (where you contract your pelvic floor muscles) pull the sacrum inward. Honing in on these muscles can mean better bladder control and better orgasms.

    FYI: Everyone can do kegels. If you have a vagina, you do it by contracting the muscles you would use to stop pee midstream. If you have a penis, you do it by contracting the perineal muscles (between your genitals and your anus).

    4. It actually gives you even more energy.

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    Usually we think that working out costs energy, but you'll probably find that the opposite is true, Rob Sulaver, CSCS, personal trainer and founder of Bandana Training, tells BuzzFeed Life. Even a quick workout can leave you feeling energized and super-productive, which can help you at work and at home, he says. Win win.

    5. When you accomplish your exercise goals, you get better at life.

    6. And it can make your brain work so much better.

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    This study shows that exercise can immediately improve concentration, memory, productivity, mental stamina, and how quickly you learn and remember things.

    7. It makes you feel like a freaking superhero (mentally and physically).

    8. Exercise toughens up your body from the inside out.

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    According to the CDC, getting regular exercise not only toughens up your body by strengthening your bones and muscles, but it also reduces your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, arthritis, and lung cancer, and it increases your overall chances of living longer.

    9. It makes you push your body to do badass things you didn't even know you were capable of.

    10. It forces you to get your ass off the couch and outside.

    11. It acts as a mood-boosting antidepressant that can also help you calm way down.

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    Many studies have shown that getting regular exercise not only has the potential to boost your current mood, it may also help reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

    And it doesn't even have to be super-high intensity; according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, a simple walk — whether it's for 10 minutes or 45 minutes — can offer some relief from stress and anxiety for many people.

    12. It helps you chill out and actually get some fucking sleep.

    13. It makes you want to take up other healthy habits.

    14. But most important, it improves your overall quality of life, well-being, and happiness.

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    When it comes to starting up a fitness plan, big-picture goals like this are super important. "If the exerciser can focus on all of the positives that come from exercise like stress reduction, extra energy, and overall wellness, and not just the weight loss, that too will come naturally," Beth Lewis, a lead instructor at CityRow, tells BuzzFeed Life. "By focusing on the larger picture, the smaller things will fall into place organically. Choose an activity that is fun and sustainable and set yourself up for success for the long term."

    Exercise FTW, am I right???

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