Fitness Friday: The Unexpected Facts, Benefits Of Exercise

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 01/03/2014 | 11:15 AM EST

There are more reasons to workout than you think

Though we all know that exercising is good for your health, very few people know much about its benefits, other than the usual staying fit and burning carbs. For instance, did you know about 54 percent of people who work out are actually happier than they were before hitting the gym? (According to a survey conducted by In fact, there are dozens of benefits and facts about exercising that would surprise. In case you need a little extra motivation to keep your gym membership (or sign up for one), check out these unexpected facts and benefits of exercising.

23% of people set their goals too high.
Maybe this is the reason why so many people throw in the towel just months, sometimes even weeks into starting a workout regimen.

54% of people who work out are happier.
So in case you needed an extra boost in your mood, now you have an excuse.

19% who people who worked out improved relationships with family, friends.

21% had more sex.
In fact, physical activity can increase blood flow in a way that has a direct affect on sexual function. One study found a link between physical activity erectile function among men between 18 and 40.

14% say working out was too hard.
We recommend that you start training with a friend to motivate you. But always keep in mind that exercising isn’t meant to be easy. Building strength takes time and a lot of dedication. No pain no gain!

Exercising can give you better skin.
Sweating can help you develop a natural glow post-working out. Of course, it has to be balanced out with healthy foods getting plenty of oxygen.

Staying active can improve your eyesight.
One study found that regular exercise may be a link to lowered risk of developing glaucoma.

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