Going to the gym: the fine art of voluntarily being stuck in twenty-minute traffic in order to ride a stationary bicycle. If you sympathize with the absurdity of the logical incongruity prevalent in this statement, this article may not be for you! That said, there are numerous reasons supporting the activity which irrevocably silence the critics. As you will find, the gym provides a series of advantages which together bring your body, mind and soul in a state of balance. Here, we focus majorly on the surprising non-physical benefits which should get you raring to sign up for your nearest gym membership today!
10) Gets you into shape
Let’s start with the obvious. The gym is undoubtedly one of the few places which are solely focused on sculpting your better physical appearance and well-being. The amalgamation of Cardio, Heavy-weight training and Calisthenics create a grueling experience to tone muscles, enhance flexibility, core strength and stamina. Trainers are present to guide you along the path to physical enlightenment, with multiple goodies on offer- Treadmill, Cross-Trainer, Pull-up Bar, Exercise Mat, Cycle, Dumbbells, Light-Weights, Deadlifts; Take your pick. Even an hour a day of combination-workouts, at least four days a week will do wonders for your physique.
9) It’s not just your body which needs training; Gym strengthens your mind
It’s understood that quality on the inside reflects on the outside. When you’re completing those tiring workout-repetitions that are seemingly never ending, your brain and mind is actually thanking you. Exercise improves your blood circulation throughout the body’s organs and improves focus, concentration and mental health. Certain exercises that one can do on an exercise mat can be directly beneficial to your brain. Try standing on your head to improve blood flow and boost brain power. Don’t hesitate to ask for the trainer’s help. Seriously, if not for your sake, then for that of others.
8) Gym isn’t just an exercising temple; it’s a social platform
A gym is a lot like a party. No, that is not a typing error. Think about it. Both have energetic, sweaty people who are usually well-dressed (Yoga pants are the most fashionable thing in town); loud music; movement and by the end of it, people are lying flat on the ground (in this case due to exhaustion, rather than excessive alcohol consumption). Jokes aside, it gives you the opportunity to network with and befriend people from all walks of life: Students, Professionals, Entrepreneurs and the like. Exercising is becoming such an integral daily ritual that a gym can be considered a temple, which serves citizens of all backgrounds, colors, religions, faiths and yes-body types!
7) It ingrains discipline and regimen
It’s not the destination that matters, but indeed the journey. Forget the shed calories, the very act of starting and sticking to a rigorous exercise regimen adds more to your sense of regularity, discipline and mental stamina than you can imagine. A commitment to taking care of your body is a commitment to life. Furthermore, as you will face the inevitable injuries and sprains, your body will naturally inculcate discipline for not pushing itself beyond certain limits-a crucial lesson.
6) It’s a chameleon, and provides the opportunity for different activities
Going to the gym cannot be classified as Black or White, but rather in shades of the resultant Grey, as it is a chameleon which can change colors based on your preference. Today, most gyms you find provide complimentary Zumba classes, Yoga instructors, and additional exercise platforms to suit your taste. Long gone are the days of masculine, over-bulky men merely entering a gym to compete lifting the heaviest dumbbells.
5) Catch up on sporting events you would have otherwise missed
We know you have hectic work schedules and family commitments that sometimes do not allow you to catch up on your favorite sports team’s result or daily news. Gyms know this too. This gives rise to the enormous amount of television sets that will usually accompany every corner of a gymnasium. To watching Manchester United play on Saturday evenings to get your heart rate going, or catching up on the political gossip of the day, gyms ensure you get more out of your time than just exercise.
4) It will enhance your sleep
Funnily enough, exercise which seemingly increases your energy and sense of awakening actually helps you sleep better! Exercise has been scientifically proven to reduce insomnia and enhances not just the quantity but quality of sleep as well. It encourages sleep as it causes one’s body temperature to rise and then fall by equal amount a few hours later. This drop in your body temperature makes it easier to fall and stay asleep
3) Free Diet Advice
Guess what, those trainers you see standing around aren’t just eye-candy. They have meaningful advice to offer with respect to calorie intake, diet management and foods to avoid. Losing weight is indeed 30% exercise and 70% diet. Get unique insights on the split up between protein, carbohydrates and fats. Join the trainer in the steam-room for the dirt on secret-ingredients to put in your post-workout protein shake!
2) Celebrities swear by it
If you’re still not convinced by now, popular entertainment culture will give you enough reasons. The Kardashians, Mario Lopez, Jessica Alba, John Abraham, Ranbir Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan are just some of the names that swear by going to the gym. Some just can’t start their mornings without it. To be honest, if it weren’t for a strict gym schedule, a lot of them would not be able to do what they do today. Look at the three Khans, Amir, Shah Rukh and Salman. All are in or around 50 years of age and have a gym to credit their successful careers to. Just look at their toned physiques, and my job of selling this article is complete.
1) Engulfs you in Positivism and Beats the Stress
The major benefit of going to the gym lies not on the physical plane nor on the mental plane (Arguably). It lies in engulfing your inner being; call it soul, state of balance or whatever you like, in pure unbridled positivism. Sweating away your stresses on a treadmill and forgetting yesterday’s sorrows during sit-ups are some of the side-effects of working out. Toxins released during a hard session add to your optimistic nature and the reduced stress enhances your clarity of thought to make difficult decisions. No matter your personal circumstances, you will walk out of the gym door Smiling, Confident, Strong and Ready to take on the world.
By the end of it, reading and understanding these 10 reasons will not help itself. One has to start and have the discipline to stick to a gym schedule to see any beneficial results. Don’t think about it, just do it. A gym is indeed the holy-grail for your well-being. Try it and you are assured to return for life. I know one feels exhausted after a long day’s work and one wants nothing more to do than just sit on the couch and kick back with a beer. But trust me, having six-pack abs is much, much better than downing a six-pack carton of beer. By the way, are you sitting while reading this article? DROP DOWN AND GIVE ME TWENTY!