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Is Your Exercise Routine Working?

By Sara Butler

Exercise is good for you. When most people undertake an exercise routine, they do it to get healthier -- and gauge their progress by how they look rather than how they feel. While it's OK to work out because you want to improve your physique, it's also important to realize that there are ways you can tell exercise is working for you that have nothing to do with the reflection in the mirror. Here are a few of the ways that your exercise routine is working for you to help you stay motivated.

Reduced Stress

Do you notice that your stress feels more manageable than it used to? That is likely a side effect of your workout routine!

Exercise helps to reduce stress hormones in your body, such as epinephrine and cortisol. When these are lowered, your body can deal with the stress you do encounter each day a little more effectively, which can result in a better mood, increased productivity, and even improving concentration.

Improved Sleep

You need sleep for your body to function and exercise has been shown to improve nighttime rest -- and is one of the ways you know your routine is having an impact. Experts say that exercise promotes sleep not simply because it wears you out physically, but also because it reduces stress and improves mood. Many people with sleep issues struggle with other issues such as anxiety, which can be countered some by regular exercise.

Feeling Stronger

OK, so your muscles may not be bulging like The Rock's, but that doesn't mean exercise isn't making you stronger. Maybe it's something as simple as going up the stairs without getting winded or being able to carry your toddler without it hurting your back. Being able to accomplish everyday activities easier is definitely a win for your exercise routine, so celebrate that!

You Like Working Out

Perhaps one of the best indications that your workouts are working for you is that you like them! Looking forward to working out instead of dreading it is a huge win and a sign that you've made incredible progress mentally. It's a confidence boost and you deserve it for all your hard work.

Working out gets easier the more they do it. Keep that in mind as you start any new exercise routine -- and don't forget to look for the signs that aren't as apparent that your exercise routine is actually working for you. As long as you're making progress, both mentally and physically, what you're doing is working.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in South Jordan, Utah.

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