Today, I’m going to share 9 science-backed health benefits of exercise that go beyond your weight and that goes beyond the way you look.
Now when it comes to exercise I think that there are two categories of people. People who really love it and don’t really need that much motivation and then there are people like me who don’t really care for exercise. Now, if you happen to fall into my category today’s topic is for you.
The first benefit of exercise is healthier skin
So why does exercise actually help the skin? There are a few reasons.
One is better circulation. When you work out you are getting better circulation and better blood flow and as a result, your skin is healthier. It is getting more nutrients from your blood.
The other thing is something called oxidative stress. You don’t need to know the details. But basically, oxidative stress is a type of stress that your body experiences and it can cause something like skin wrinkling and aging. Regular moderate exercise can reduce this type of stress on your body and it can help your body boost its natural antioxidants and as a result that your skin looks younger for longer.
The second benefit is improved memory and brain health
When you exercise, your heart rate increases, and as a result of that there is better blood flow to the brain and this better blood flow means that there’s more oxygen to the brain which definitely has an impact on brain health. When it comes to memory, exercise also makes a difference. So there’s a part of the brain known as the hippocampus and this part of the brain is associated with memory and learning and exercise happens to increase the size of this part of the brain.
So it definitely is something that is worthwhile. Something that you should be doing. If you have any problems with brain health and memory, prioritize exercise and it does not have to be complicated. Many people think that they have to go to the gym to get these benefits from exercise. Not really. In a lot of the studies that I looked at simple exercise… that’s like brisk walking (not a stroll in the park but brisk walking) had quite a big impact on brain health.
So keep it simple if that’s what works for you. You need to find an exercise that you enjoy because if you don’t enjoy it, you’re not going to do it but exercise definitely is important for brain health.
Number three – increased energy levels
Now I have a lot of energy when I work diligently and I see that I can do a lot in my day and I have more productivity outside when I am not working. So there is definitely something that has worked for me but what does science say?
There have been many studies on exercise and fatigue and there is definitely a link. Exercise can help reduce fatigue. Now that we are on the topic of energy levels and exercise, I have to point out that there is a fine line between getting enough exercise and getting more exercise and if you exercise too much it can cause a lot of fatigue. So you need to recognize when you are over-exercising.
It’s easier than work, but if you find that your exercises do not help you … then your energy levels are really low, talk to a doctor and get a second opinion. It is really important not to over-exercise.
Number four – lowered stress
Stress is an important part of life – you can’t prevent it but you can manage it and exercise is a way to manage your stress. Exercise basically helps your body cope better with stress – it strengthens your body and boosts the immune system but is generally good at dealing with stress.
Number five is increased happiness and a better mood
Exercise increases the production of our endorphins. You heard about endorphins. What are they? They are basically chemicals that your body produces, which can help you feel better and reduce pain. So if you want to increase endorphins in your body .. then exercise is a good way.
Exercise also helps with good mood, anxiety, and depression and I think so. It feels great if I’m not in the best mood and I take a long walk. Some part of it is just coming out and another thing is actually exercising.
Number six – the lowered risk of heart disease
Okay, so we’re going to learn more about the next two benefits. Hence heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women worldwide. There is one thing you can do to reduce your risk
There will be moderate exercise on a daily basis. In fact, there was one study that showed that people with high levels of activity reduced their risk of heart disease by more than 20%.
If you have heart disease in the family, I suggest giving priority to exercise because it can make it much easier for you to reduce your risk and you do not need to do anything extensively. . Even the most active can do simple things like walking or swimming. Now before starting any exercise, it is always advisable to talk to a doctor if there is any kind of struggle. Make sure you are doing this safely.
Number seven is to lower the risk of diabetes
A 2016 study found that 150 minutes of moderate exercise reduced the risk of diabetes by 26% – actually reducing the risk significantly from five days of working 30 minutes every day. This is definitely something to mention and if you work even harder depending on how you exercise you will get some more health benefits.
Now, what is moderate exercise? It is confusing, but I want to talk about some activities to give you an idea. Moderate exercise is like active walking where you are raising your heart rate to a moderate level.
Even swimming. If you enjoy swimming, this is moderate exercise. It can be loud if you take a long break but it is a moderate exercise if you swim regularly.
Playing tennis, playing certain types of sports is moderate. So if going to the gym is not your thing then this is something you can incorporate into your life without going to the gym.
Number eight – better bone health
Now you should be thinking about bone health? Well, when I was younger … I didn’t have to worry about bone health. No, here’s the thing about bone health. By the time you are 35, you will begin to lose much more bone mass than your bone remodels, so your bone health will deteriorate after 35, so you should really consider when you start taking care of your bones.
It should never be too late to start taking care of your bones and one way to do this is through weight loss exercises. I suggest that there is something you enjoy that really helps your bone health.