Most people join a gym to shed some pounds or pack on some muscle, both of which are noble goals. But what if we told you going to the gym doesn’t have to be entirely about fitness?

There’s way more to working out than a number on the scale. Here are a few reasons to hit the gym that have nothing to do with your body:

2The gym gives your brain a boost.

Exercise might be most celebrated for its effects on the body, but it also benefits the mind. Studies suggest that exercise boosts cognitive function and enhances memory. Working out after a study session can also help with fact retention, Scientific American reported.

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