Even though the kids head back to school soon, there’s still plenty of swimsuit season left in the Phoenix area. If you thought you missed your opportunity, au contraire. There’s always time to lose weight and get in shape. And just think of the benefits of regaining that healthy composure!

Although you can probably think of a host of benefits associated with staying out of the overweight and obese designations, today we look at those that might not seem as obvious. Being fit is about much more than how you look on the beach.

1. Reduced Healthcare (and Other!) Costs

It should come as no surprise that when you maintain a healthy weight, you tend to be, well, healthier. Obesity is linked to a host of health problems, including increased blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even cancer. When you keep your weight in check, your risk of these issues decreases, and that comes with additional benefits.

According to the American Heart and Stroke associations, as your BMI increases, so do your number of sick days, medical claims, and healthcare costs. Other studies confirm this, pointing out that Americans spend billions of dollars each year as a result of obesity, and much of those funds are coming directly from the patients themselves.

2. Better Brain Functions

Could it be that as you get fitter you get smarter? According to recent studies, the answer seems to be yes. In one case, two groups of participants were given mental skills tests 12 weeks apart. In between, one group had weigh-loss surgery, losing an average of 50 pounds, while the other group made no changes. Researchers found that the weight-loss group performed better on the second mental skills test, whereas the control group actually did worse the second time around.

When we are active and eat a balanced diet, we also sleep better at night, which contributes to a host of brain benefits. A well-rested brain thinks more clearly and has overall better cognitive abilities than one that is overtired and overtaxed.

3. Increased Fertility

There’s nothing saying obese people cannot become parents, but your chances of getting pregnant certainly do increase when you’re in better shape. Since obesity wreaks havoc on hormones, the resulting imbalance can result in ovulation problems in women. In addition, obese females, as mentioned previously, are more susceptible to other health issues, all of which can result in fertility issues.

And it’s not just the women who are affected by obesity when it concerns the ability to conceive. Men may experience higher incidence of infertility due to obesity, including low sperm count, erectile dysfunction, and problems with testosterone or reproductive hormones.

Ready to Get Healthy?

Are you inspired yet? In addition to not feeling comfortable in your clothes and feeling the aches and pains associated with carrying around extra pounds on overworked joints, you could be spending too much money, suffering from “overweight brain," and missing your opportunity to start a family—all because of your BMI.

But getting to your ideal weight may be within reach! You can start a diet and exercise program that works for you, and you can visit us at Bodify to discuss your options for adding CoolSculpting to your plan. This FDA-endorsed fat-freezing solution is all we do here, and we are the experts. With more than 8,000 treatments completed, we can ensure that you’ll get the results you seek. In fact, we even guarantee it!

So take a look at some of our before-and-after success stories and then call us. We look forward to helping you meet your goals and reap the benefits!