The Benefits of Exercise
It's the beginning of the year, so I am sure many of you have committed to getting back to the gym, or losing weight......maybe just having an overall healthier year. Exercise is the best gift you can give yourself.
And there are many more benefits to exercise than many of is even realize. Most people as we know, start of the year with all the best of intentions, and start, only to begin a month or too later to find themselves to busy, or for one reason or another not continuing toward their goals. Hopefully, one or some of these benefits of exercise will give you motivation to continue.
Consistent, regular exercise can change your life in ways you may not have considered. Here are a few ways.
Benefit #1: It improves your self-esteem.
Exercising regularly or more than twice a week will make you feel better about yourself and naturally improve your self-esteem. It will make you feel like you have accomplished something and like you have done something amazing for yourself. This feeling of accomplishment will make you believe in yourself more and you will become confident in other aspects of your life.
Benefit #2: It will make your skin glow.
If you battle with bad or dull skin, try adding exercise to your daily to-do list and make it a point to check it off. Regular exercise can help relieve dullness and acne and may help prevent the signs of early aging like wrinkles and fine lines.
Benefit #3: You will sleep better.
Regular exercise will reward you with a peaceful night of deep and quality sleep. Exercising strengthens your body’s circadian rhythms, which keep you alert and awake during the day and make you feel sleepy at night. If you find it hard to sleep, try just fifteen minutes of exercise a day and notice the improvements.
Benefit #4: It helps control your weight.
Exercising on a regular basis helps you burn the calories that you have consumed throughout the day so that you can either lose or maintain your weight and build muscle tone.
Benefit #5: It improves your memory and brain health. This is my favorite benefit!!
Exercising can improve your memory and the overall health of your brain. It can prevent brain fog, that sudden shut down of your brain that happens when you get tired and makes even the simplest and most routine tasks seem difficult and suddenly very confusing. Exercise also stimulates the production of hormones, which aid in the repair and growth of your brain cells.
Benefit #6: It helps reduce chronic pains.
Regular exercise can help in reducing and possibly eliminating excruciating chronic pains. One of the most common causes of chronic pain is inactivity. Your body is just like a machine; as long as it remains active, it will function well. Several studies have also shown that regular exercise can increase your pain tolerance and decrease your body’s perception of pains and aches.
Benefit #7: It can help you feel happier.
Last but, definitely not the least, regular exercise can help reduce or prevent feelings of anxiety and depression and make you feel happy again. According to a study conducted by Penn State University, people who exercise regularly, even at a beginner level, are found to be more content and happier than those who fail to do so.
To feel even better, try increasing the intensity of your workouts slowly and feel more accomplished, healthy, and happy.
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