Besides Weight Loss, How Else is Exercise Beneficial?

Industry Observer with ThinkHealthyFITNESS

We've all been told that "you need to move, the more you move, the more you burn." While we are all aware of the effects exercise can have on our waistline, what other health benefits can we expect to see from exercise?

There have been several studies that have demonstrated physical activities such as running, jogging, biking, swimming, and even walking present a plethora of mental and physical health benefits.

Here is a list of some of the advantages you can expect to see from exercise...

1. Exercise can make you happier

Working out has been shown to lower stress, boost your mood, and reduce feelings of depression. Exercise actually produces changes to the parts of your brain that control stress and anxiety, increasing brain sensitivity the hormones norepinephrine and serotonin. The general takeaway, you'll be happier!

2. Helps Develop Stronger Joints and Bones

As most of us already know, exercise such as strength training can help the development of building muscle (hypertrophy). What you probably didn't know is exercise improves joint strength, stability, mobility, and also builds bone density. This can help prevent the onset of osteoporosis for later stages in life. 

Engaging in regular exercise can help release hormones that allow your muscles to absorb important amino acids that are vital to muscle development. Higher impact exercises such as running, basketball, football, and gymnastics have been shown to support the development of higher bone density. Just be wary of exercises such as these as they may put unwanted stress on joints and tendons. 

3. Boosts Energy

Exercise has demonstrated that it can increase energy levels for those who are suffering from chronic fatigue and even those that are already healthy. Because exercise helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues, it helps your cardiovascular system function better. 

4. It Can Improve Brain Function and Memory

Because exercising raises your heart rate, this causes more blood to and oxygen to flow to your brain. 

Exercise has also been shown to help stimulate the production of hormones that improve the development of brain cells.

5. Improves Quality of Sleep

Continuous exercise helps you sleep and relax. Studies have shown that with exercise, your ability to fall sleep improves as well as quality. You can fall into a deeper sleep cycle for a longer duration. You just have to be careful you don't exercise too close to bedtime, otherwise, you may not be able to fall asleep. 

6. Fights Off Diseases and Health Conditions

From heart disease to high cholesterol, being physically active prevents, fights off, and even reverse the onset of many health conditions. Some of the health conditions regular exercise can improve includes:

  • Stroke
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • And More...

Exercise may also improve cognitive abilities and reduce the risk of death.

7. It's Fun!

It's healthy and fun way to unwind. You use exercise as a stress reliever, or a way to engage in social activities with others. Whether you're exercising with your personal trainer or joining a spin class, exercise a great way to enjoy yourself. Sometimes getting outside to get a fresh breath of air is exactly what the doctor ordered!



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