Of course, you know that exercise is good for you. You know that because you have read about it, been told about it, you might even understand it instinctively. However, there is more to exercise than ‘simply’ making you lose weight and getting fitter and healthier. There is actually a number of more surprising benefits to exercising that, when all combined, make it the ideal way to enjoy your life and your body much more. Here are some of the things that regular exercise can do for you.
Stimulates The Brain
Regular exercise has been linked to brain function, specifically showing that the more you exercise, the better your brain becomes at remembering and learning. Some studies even suggest that this means you are less like to develop Alzheimer’s disease, and other types of dementia, or at least delay the onset. Scientists don’t yet know why exercise makes all of this happen, but they do know that it changes the structure of the brain, and how it works, so there is a lot of research going into this area.
If you want to brainier and understand more in school and afterward, exercise is a great way to do it. Train your brain at the same time as training your body.
Any kind of exercise, from a brisk walk to running a marathon and everything in between enables your brain to release serotonin hormones into your body, as well as other chemicals such as dopamine and endorphins. These automatically boost your mood, reducing the amount of cortisol (the stress hormone) that is coursing through your veins as well. Not only that, but they reduce pain, giving you even more reason to smile.
It’s this reason why you will feel so good after a bout of exercise, even if you truly didn’t want to do it at all in the first place. Pushing yourself to exercise when you don’t feel like it will give you more reason to go on and do more, as you will feel so much better afterward. Remembering that feeling is what can motivate you in the future.
It Can Slow Down Aging
Although this won’t be the same for everyone, studies have seen that moderate exercise might be able to slow down how quickly cells age. Aging happens when cells divide. The more they divide (which will happen the longer we live), the shorter they become, which is one of the reasons why we have lines and wrinkles, why our hair changes color and, more importantly, why cells and organs start to fail when we have lived a long time. Exercise seems to be able to stop the cell ends (telomeres) from shortening, which should (theoretically) mean that we live longer.
Good For Your Skin
Exercise is an amazing way to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy. It is because there is more blood flow going to the skin, and the more blood flowing, the more oxygen there is to give to the cells. This keeps them healthy and stops your skin from looking unhealthy and having a gray pallor to it. This additional oxygen also helps skin cells to heal faster which is why exercise after an injury that has broken the skin is a good idea: the skin will heal more quickly, and there will be less chance of scarring. You don’t even have to move the injured area too much either because general exercise will oxygenate your entire body, not just the areas involved in the exercising.
Protect Your Eyesight
Regular exercise can even protect your eyesight as it reduces the chances of developing glaucoma and other age-related sight problems. What it can’t do is to change the vision of someone who is either long or short-sighted. However, this useful website will enable you to switch your eyeglasses for contact lenses which are easier to deal with, especially when exercising.
Although for impressive results when it comes to muscle gain or weight loss you need to exercise regularly for many months at a time, it is possible to feel results right from the start. You might not notice them physically, but you’ll immediately start feeling better within yourself and about yourself.
It also means that long, drawn-out exercise classes or spending hours at the gym aren’t really necessary. You can get everything you need from short but intense bursts of exercise if that is better for you, for example, if you don’t have a lot of time, or you get bored easily. You’ll still see the same results, and you’ll still feel great.
You Will Eat Less
You might assume that if you have been working out and working hard that you will want to eat a large meal afterward to make up for it. That isn’t usually the case, though. Your body has been working hard, and it will need some sustenance, but it won’t be craving sugary snacks and fast food. In fact, studies have shown that after exercising your appetite seems to be more suppressed, and you will want fewer calories. It may be partly a physical reaction, but it could also be a psychological one too. You subconsciously don’t want to undo all the work you just put in.
Exercising might even be the key to recovering after an illness such as type II diabetes or even heart failure. In the past, people with conditions like this were told not to exercise too much because it was feared that exercise would exacerbate the disease. Now, however, exercise is usually recommended not only to keep people as healthy as possible but to heal them faster (if they have a curable illness) too.
Exercise can be the ideal way to be rehabilitated after an illness that has left you in a hospital or in bed for a long time. It will help you to strengthen your muscles much more quickly. It will enable you to be a lot more mobile, but it will also psychologically help you because you will see that you are making improvements, and this can also be key in becoming better.