#Lifestyle: 5 Signs You Need to Start Working Out ASAP || Every single person in this world is already all too well familiar with the positive effects physical activity has on weight control, appearance and overall fitness levels. However, the more important aspect of exercise is what it can do for your health. You may or may not know this, but exercise can improve your cardiovascular health, and overall health. Still, if all these benefits aren’t motivation enough, perhaps these five signs will give you a push in the right direction and make you realize that your body is in desperate need of some quality movement. Let’s find out, shall we?

Stairs are the enemy

If you’re not a fan of walking, and just the sight of stairs makes you feel exhausted, it’s time to get that body moving. If you have trouble catching your breath after walking up a flight of stairs, your body is in trouble and you need to take action. This has nothing to do with weight and appearance, it has to do with your health and stamina. In order not to feel tired all the time, after completing even the most basic physical tasks, you need to get stronger. Exercise is the only way to beat sluggishness, so you might as well start if you want to feel good in your own skin. If you imagine being chased by an angry dog and you couldn’t run to save your life – it’s time to start running.

The new smoking

Smoking is detrimental to our health, so what is it that we’re doing that is so harmful it actually earned the description ‘the new smoking’. It’s something most of us are guilty of and it goes by the official name ‘sedentary lifestyle’. Due to the nature of most of the professions today, most of us are stuck sitting on a chair for several hours at a time, and unfortunately, many of us continue sitting when we get home. The name isn’t frightening enough, but the repercussions most certainly are. By nurturing this lifestyle, you run the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, not to mention obesity. If you have to be an office potato, there’s no reason to be a couch potato as well, so save your own life and get up. To help you get in the ‘mood’ to workout, get a pair of great running shoes or some quality bodybuilding clothing – take up any sport that you find suitable, but just get moving before the couch becomes the end of you.

Tossing and turning

You feel exhausted after a long day (or week) at work, but for some reason, once you’re in bed your body is aching but the brain refuses to cooperate. If you’ve been experiencing ongoing insomnia, chances are you’re so stressed out that you can’t even get a good shuteye. You know how dangerous prolonged insomnia can be, so why would you risk falling into depression , aside from increasing the risk of developing multiple other health conditions if you can nip things in the bud by simply going for a run? Even if you hate working out, you can’t possibly hate it more than waking up exhausted after yet another night of not sleeping.

Red flag

Have the people around you been complaining that you’ve become a bit snappy and harsh lately? This isn’t a good sign. If you’re constantly cranky and frustrated, stress is the most likely cause. Aside from, again, the abundance of negative outcomes of stress (health wise), snapping at people can ruin your friendships, relationships and even disturb the office dynamic. Again, are you willing to push everyone away just because you hate the gym? Think about it.

Stuck in a rut

What you probably aren’t realizing is that going to the gym can be a fun experience. You never know if you’ll forge a new friendship, or even meet someone you could be interested in. Besides, we can all stand to expand our horizons and make some new friends, and the gym is a great way to do that. Plus, if you feel like you’re stuck in a rut – same job, same friends, same restaurants all the time, a trip to a new place two or three times a week can actually prove to be quite refreshing.

 

Illustration by YEVHENIA HAIDAMAKA  //  Images via Unsplash

Contributor Beauty and fashion writer for HighStyleLife from Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a stylist for many fashion events in Brisbane.