Whatever reasons you have to start your fitness journey they are great ones. Even if you’re already in the midst of it and just want a refresher this is the article for you. Going to the gym and learning about keeping your physical health is the best thing you can do for yourself. You don’t have to turn into a massive body builder if you want, and that’s not all working out does for you.

Working out regularly and smart is fantastic for your mental health. I’ve seen people with eating disorders, body dysmorphia, anxiety, depression, and a slew of other mental health issues receive a lot of help and a small dose of reality from the gym. With lots of mental disorders or chemical imbalances, you tend to get in your own head in a very unhealthy way a lot, and forcing yourself to work hard, and to actually get up and go, you shock yourself at what you’re capable of. Even those with body dysmorphia notice real physical change. With a little self-discipline and working out your body knows what kind of fuel it needs and makes it a little more known to you, so you can feed it properly.

If you work out it doesn’t mean you’ll become “skinny” or end up looking like He-Man. You could be lean, cut, you can bulk, or you can just maintain the fitness level you’re at. The gym isn’t just for changing body shape, it gives you a chance to strengthen your joints and work the ones you don’t get a chance to every day, which helps increase the longevity and continued use of your joints. It not only helps with keeping your joints for longer, but also makes them more prepared to deal with injury or sudden heavy impact.

There are many different types of gyms, clubs, and activities you can do to help your physical fitness. You’re not required to just lift weights, you could (In Casper) swim, do yoga, fight (my favorite), hike, kayak, skate, bike, ski, snowboard, run, play sports, and whatever else you can think of. I do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and I’ve just started Boxing. I love it!

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