If you have trouble sticking to an exercise routine—you’re not alone.  After a long day of work, family, and school, working out may be the last thing on your mind, and understandably so.  If this is you, I’d recommend making your workouts shorter or breaking them up throughout the day.  That way, you’re more likely to commit to your exercise routine in the long run.  And if you need some motivation, consider these exercise benefits.

1. Less Stress

During exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins.  Endorphins are what make you feel good after hitting the weights.

2. Energy Boost

Endorphins not only help with stress but with fatigue as well.  So if you need many cups of coffee to make it through the day, then a quick 10-minute walk may be what you need.

3. Good Night!

Studies show that exercise can help you sleep sounder at night.  However, exercising too close to bedtime can keep you up at night, so keep your workout in the morning or evening only.

4. Weight Management

Your muscles affect your metabolism—the rate at which you burn calories.  Exercise strengthens your muscles, thus increasing your metabolism and helping you stay at a healthy weight.

5. More Confidence

Lifting weights feels good, but it also makes you feel good.  You’ll feel stronger, more energetic, and happier.  All of these add up to improve your confidence.