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Choose healthy. Choose happy.

Going to the gym creates a pattern in one’s daily routine, creating a healthy habit.

Going to the gym creates a pattern in one’s daily routine, creating a healthy habit.

New York Post

Going to the gym creates a pattern in one’s daily routine, creating a healthy habit.

New York Post

New York Post

Going to the gym creates a pattern in one’s daily routine, creating a healthy habit.

Sarah Meadows, Section Editor

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As the Holidays roll around, there is nothing better than cuddling up next to the fireplace, watching movie after movie, and gorging out on hot chocolate and Grandma’s famous chocolate chip cookies. This time of year focuses on home and family, the important things in life. Therefore, it is no surprise that when the new year arrives, there is a renewed motivation to snap back into reality and work hard, whether that be in the workplace, at school, or in the gym. 

 

As a matter of fact, one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions of all time is to exercise more. Without a doubt, the mindset is there. The question is whether or not the execution is as well. In order to increase the chances of one keeping their New Year’s resolution to exercise more, it is important to be informed of the benefits of exercising, both physically and mentally.

 

Unequivocally, exercising has a number of physical benefits. Not only does it help control weight but it also helps with all of the health concerns brought upon by excess weight. This includes heart diseases, blood sugar, and insulin levels. In addition, regular exercise strengthens one’s bones and muscles. Exercising has even been known to reduce the chance of many types of cancer, such as lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer.

 

Exercising also has a number of mental benefits. According to an article called “Benefits of Exercise,” the author states, “During exercise, your body releases chemicals that can improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed. This can help you deal with stress and reduce your risk of depression” (medlineplus.gov). In other words, exercising is a healthy coping mechanism. On top of this, working out improves one’s self image and confidence, which in turn improves one’s mental health as a whole.

 

Surely, the only thing keeping one from experiencing the benefits of exercising is mere laziness. Cole Campbell (12) who actually works at a gym explained, “Once somebody gets rid of their habit of being lazy, they are left with a habit of being healthy.” 

 

Although it may take willpower to get into the habit of being healthy, the physical and mental health benefits are well worth the time and effort. Working out and getting into shape has saved people’s lives. While that may be the minority, it has changed many people’s lives for the better. Whether it saves you or changes you, choose healthy. Choose happy.