Exercise can help to boost your body image — even if you don’t lose a pound. “When we exercise for weight loss, then we are only happy with our fitness routine when we’ve actually lost weight. Exercising for fun makes us want to do it more — and exercise is great for well-being, stress relief, and overall health,” says Silverman.
Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress. “When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which are hormones that fight stress,” says Frank Lupin, MS, ATC, PES, a certified athletic trainer and a personal trainer for Coordinated Health in Bethlehem, PA. “Exercise helps you get your mind off your problems and clears your head,” adds Thomas Plante, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Santa Clara University in California.