Working out has been shown to improve creativity independently of mood. Creativity leads to flexibility, which is one of the most important characteristics of understanding and relating to others. If we're constantly stuck in our own way of thinking and aren't able to be flexible in the way we approach other people, we may find that the group of people we can relate to is pretty small.
Creativity also helps us to resolve difficult situations. Exercise improves divergent thinking, meaning it encourages new ideas to be generated.
Have you ever felt stuck in a relationship or a conversation? This divergent thinking could help you come up with new ways to deal with old situations and help you to work through problems rather than shut down or run away from them.
As you can see, working out has a ton of benefits for your health and your life. It's about so much more than just building muscle or losing weight. The benefits above all also enhance one another, so there's a compounding effect!
They key is to work out with intention and mindfulness. Don't multitask while you're working out, and don't go into it with the mindset that you need to immediately feel everything I mentioned above—these things will naturally happen once you relax and go with the flow of your workout.