The benefits of exercise don’t stop at strengthening our muscles, and bones. Exercise benefits you in many other ways. Today we will discuss how exercise helps us. Consider these benefits and how they could help enhance your life during your reading!
Exercise Improves Your Mood:
Exercise can help make you feel happier by releasing endorphins within your body. This process enhances your mood by making you feel happier and less stressed.
Endorphins are hormones that reduce pain and boost pleasure, creating a general feeling of well-being and positivity.
Endorphins also act as a natural painkiller and can help ease long-term aches. Regular exercise can strengthen muscles, lessening chronic pain and your risk of injury.
Exercise Gives You More Energy
Physical activity increases your heart rate and gets your blood flowing. More oxygen and nutrients to your muscles mean higher energy levels. And although it seems odd that expending energy can actually give you more energy, science backs this claim up.
One study found that 90% of people who completed a regular exercise program reported improved fatigue compared to those who did not exercise.
Helps Fights Depression
Research shows that for mild or moderate cases of depression, exercise can be an effective treatment.
Exercising increases your brain’s sensitivity to serotonin and norepinephrine, which ease feelings of depression.
But don’t think you need to start training for a marathon to gain the benefits.
One study showed that just six weeks of yoga (in addition to standard treatment) was enough to reduce depression and even anxiety. Yoga and Pilates also focus on breathing exercises, which can reduce stress and promote relaxation.
Boosts your brain health
Exercise is beneficial for maintaining brain health for everyone, but even more for those at risk for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Movement promotes cardiovascular health, improves blood flow to the brain, and reduces inflammation. It also stimulates the production of hormones that enhance the growth of brain cells.
A study suggests that exercise can also impact the hippocampus in older adults. This part of the brain is important for memory and learning. Exercising can help it grow, which may improve mental function.
Find your reason why Exercise would benefit you!
For many people, an exercise program is all about losing weight. For others, it’s about becoming healthier to fight off disease. And for some, moving the body feels like therapy. Find your reason for why you do it. Then on hard days, when the last thing you want to do is move, dig into your reason, and use it as motivation.