Why Exercise? Well, we all have our different reasons. It could simply be to tone up our legs or arms, flatten our stomach, reach a goal, to stay healthy and fit, or even to reduce the chance of becoming diagnosed with a deadly diseases. These are only a few of the benefits of exercise. Here are some benefits you may or may not know of, but I feel are worth mentioning.
It reverses the detrimental effects of stress.
Exercise causes your body to naturally produce dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine which, ultimately “sooths” your brain. The less stressed you are the fewer signs of aging. 😉
It lifts depression.
One study found that working out three times a week, burning 350 calories, reduced symptoms of depression almost just as effectively as antidepressants.
It improves learning.
Exercise increases brain chemicals known as growth factors, which in turn help us learn. Challenging yourself physically not only enhances your attention, but your concentration as well, both which improve your capacity to learn.
It builds self-esteem and improves body image.
Working hard in the gym is something everyone should be proud of.
It leaves you feeling euphoric.
Also known as the “runners high.” You’ll be full of energy and gleaming happiness.
Not only does it keep your body fit, but it keeps your brain fit too.
It is known to keep your cognitive skills sharp. You know what that means? It will help you score better on those dreaded exams.
Finally, it may help keep Alzheimer’s at bay.
Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. 5.4 Million Americans are living with this disease and there is no known cure. So take steps now that might reduce your chance of becoming a part of this statistic.
SO GET UP AND GET MOVING!