10 Ways Exercise Improves Your Life

One of the many great aspects of exercising is there are many different types, which means finding one that pairs well with your personality, goals, and likes is easy. From swimming, running, walking, and dancing to lifting weights, there are endless opportunities awaiting you.

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Exercise Makes your Life Better by…

1.) Making You Feel Happier

Numerous studies have shown exercise can help improve your mood and decrease negative feelings, such as depression, anxiety, and stress. Exercise can alter your mood by causing changes in the brain that regulate your level of stress and anxiety. It also increases brain sensitivity to certain hormones like serotonin and norepinephrine, which have been proven to reduce feelings of depression.

Moreover, exercise can increase the production of endorphins, which are known to help produce positive feelings and reduce the perception of pain. Interestingly, it doesn’t matter how intense your workouts are. Your mood can benefit from exercise no matter the level of physical activity.

2.) Helping You Lose Weight

Inactivity is a major contributor to weight gain, which can lead to diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. In contrast, exercise has been proven to help you shed those extra pounds. To understand how exercise accomplishes this, we need to comprehend the link between exercise and energy production.

Your body expends energy in three primary ways: digestion, physical activity, and bodily functions. Therefore, exercise is required to enhance your body’s performance in these areas and multiple others.

For example, dieting lowers your caloric intake by lowering your metabolic rate; however, exercising increases your metabolic rate, which ultimately burns more calories and helps you lose weight faster.

3.) Benefiting Your Muscles & Bones

Exercise plays a vital role in build strong muscles and bones. Physical activity like weight lifting can serve you by stimulating your muscle growth, especially when paired with adequate protein intake. This is true because exercise helps release hormones that promote your muscles’ ability to absorb amino acids, which help them grow and reduces their breakdown.

Furthermore, people tend to lose muscle mass and bone density as they age. Having said that, practicing regular physical activity can help you reduce muscle loss and maintain strength as you age.

Interestingly, high-impact exercise, such as gymnastics or running, or odd-impact sports, such as soccer and basketball, have been proven to promote a higher bone density than non-impact sports like swimming and cycling.

4.) Increasing Your Energy Levels

Exercise is a natural, organic energy booster. It can help people suffering from chronic fatigue, various serious illnesses, and progressive diseases, such as cancer or HIV. In fact, exercise is more effective at combating CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) than any other treatment.

5.) Reducing Your Risk of Chronic Disease

A lack of regular physical exercise is a perpetual, primary, leading cause of chronic disease. Exercise has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, cardiovascular fitness, and body composition while decreasing blood pressure and blood fat levels, all of which are contributing factors to its success at keeping chronic disease at bay.

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6.) Enhancing Your Skin Complexion

Did you know your skin is heavily impacted by your amount of exercise? The link is oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when your body’s antioxidant defenses cannot completely repair the damage that free radicals cause to cells. This can damage their internal structures and deteriorate your skin.

While intense and exhaustive physical activity can contribute to oxidative damage, regular moderate exercise, on the other hand, can increase your body’s production of natural antioxidants, which help protect cells.

Additionally, exercise can stimulate blood flow and induce skin cell adaptations that can help delay the appearance of skin aging.

7.) Protecting & Empowering Your Brain

Exercise helps improve brain function and guard memory as well as thinking skills. To begin with, it increases your heart rate, which promotes the flow of blood and oxygen to your head. It also stimulates the production of hormones that can enhance the growth of brain cells.

Moreover, exercise helps prevent chronic disease, which translates into benefits for your brain, since its function can be affected by such diseases.

On top of that, exercise has been shown to cause the hippocampus, a vital part of the brain that is connected to memory and learning, to grow in size. This serves to increase mental function, especially in senior citizens.

Lastly, exercise has been proven to reduce changes in the brain that can cause Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

8.) Promoting Relaxation & Sleep

Unsurprisingly, exercise can help you relax and sleep better at night. In regards to sleep quality, the energy depletion that occurs during exercise stimulates recuperative processes during sleep. In addition, the increase in body temperature that occurs during exercise is thought to improve sleep quality by helping it drop during sleep.

9.) Reducing Pain & Discomfort

Pain, whether acute, subacute, or chronic, can be debilitating. That said, exercise is a highly-recommended, natural cure. In the past, experts recommended treating pain with rest and inactivity. However, recent studies show that exercise helps relieve chronic pain and even increase pain tolerance.

10.) Elevating Your Sex Life

Who wouldn’t want a more vivacious sex life? Exercise has been proven to not only boost your energy but also your sex drive. In fact, engaging in regular exercise can strengthen your cardiovascular system, improve blood circulation, tone muscles, and enhance flexibility, all of which can potentially improve your sex life.

Overall, physical activity can improve sexual performance and sexual pleasure, as well as increase the frequency of sexual activity. If that isn’t motivation for more exercise, I don’t know what is!

In the end

Exercise offers incredible benefits that can improve nearly every aspect of your life from the inside out.

Whether you practice a specific sport or follow a 30-minutes routine, you will inevitably improve your life, including your health and wellness, in many ways.

Resources

Healthline

Arlene Semeco

February 2017

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