You’ve heard exercise gives you more energy, provides you with better sleep, and gives you with that natural “high”, but you are still in the workout slump.

Unfortunately, and although these are the main reasons to work out, sometimes the desire or need to lose weight or the general “get healthier” thoughts aren’t enough to keep us on that right track mentally and physically. Here are some not as well-known benefits to exercise that may help you keep motivated!

Confidence and Joy

Confidence comes out in many ways via exercise. The first time you feel it is when you finished a workout, or accomplished a milestone you have never thought possible: you feel you’re on top of the world. The great part about this is that you never stop feeling this way! Each time you work out, you progress more and more, and more milestones are there to surpass. The next way it comes to you is physically. Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel happy, energized, and alive. You’ll naturally begin to feel confident, powerful, and even less stressed. Lastly, with the way your body will change and the healthier you will look and feel, it’ll be tough not to feel confident with those new clothes or that extra bounce in your step. If other thoughts in your head are failing to get you to exercise, remember what will happen to your self-esteem once you start warming up for that workout.

Creativity/ Cognitive function

Even if you aren’t a writer, an artist, or feel you don’t need a spark of creativity, exercise keeps our mind on point! Regular exercise (at least 4 times a week) seems to increase cognitive function and the ability to think on your feet; literally! Yes, you can use these creative juices for your art, writing, and painting, but also for school, projects, and work related tasks. Imagine how much better and more productive you will be at work (and more alert and awake with more energy!). Think about how well you will be able to make important decisions and not walk around the day scatterbrained. Not only will your body function at its top performance, but so will your brain.

PMS symptoms

Unfortunately, many of us women experience PMS and menstrual symptoms during that time of the month. Many studies have shown regular exercise can not only help with the fatigue and your emotional state (endorphins that are released!), but your workout can help with cramps and body pain. The best type of exercise for cramps is a continuous workout such as walking, jogging, swimming, or biking; although any type of movement, yoga, boot camp, and especially some cardio dance will bring your mood up and your cramps down.

When you’re feeling unmotivated and need that extra mental push; remember that along with health and weight loss, there are plenty of other benefits that can help in your road to exercise. The only way you can experience these results is by doing! Write down a few reasons, other than weight loss and “general health” that can get you in the right frame of mind to get your workout on! Use your support system of friends and workout buddies to help reinforce the other reasons that make exercise your priority. Sign up and throw yourself into classes and workouts that are fun and something to look forward to. Once you see all the other benefits that come along with working out your body, you will not want to miss a single session. Get Movin!