Losing body weight is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of doing exercise. Exercising on a regular basis has health benefits affecting many aspects of your life, and it’s incredible how just a few hours of exercise a week can have so many health benefits. Here we have our top 10 reasons to do exercise, backed by science.
Research has shown that you can add up to seven years to your life by exercising a minimum of 150 minutes a week. That’s only a 50-minute workout three days a week.
It strengthens your heart
You can nearly feel your heart beating out of your chest during those hill sprints, but you’ll thank it later. It has been well documented that exercise strengthens your hear muscle as well as reducing your risk of heart disease.
It reduces stress and anxiety
Did you know the fastest way to clear cortisol (the stress hormone) and clear a frantic mind is to exercise? So if you’re stressing over something, get yourself to the gym as quick as possible.
Manages chronic pain
Though exercise may be hard for people suffering with chrinic pain, a moderate exercise program gives both short-term and long-term improvements for people who have chronic pain, even if the underlying condition remains.
Works as an antidepressant
One study found that people living with depression who did aerobic exercise showed just as much improvement in their symptoms as people on medication. Also, in a follow up study, the effects of exercise were found to last longer than those of medication.
It boosts creativity
The next time you get writers block, get your running shoes on and go around the block! A recent study found that walking improved both convergent and divergent thinking.
Makes you smarter
Building muscles helps you build brain cells. A meta-analysis of the link between fitness and the brain found that exercise improves memory, boosts cognition, helps you learn faster, increases brain volume and makes you read faster!
It helps you sleep
A good night’s sleep is one of the most important things to do to keep your body and mind healthy. It helps your body and mind recover and repair, as well as renewing your energy. Research has shown that people who exercise regularly have fewer incidences of insomnia and higher quality of sleep. The midnight jog doesn’t sound to bad after all.
Reduces body fat
The one kind of fat that you definitely don’t want is visceral fat, which lives in your midsection packed around internal organs, which can do considerable damage. Exercise can reduce fat in general, but high intensity interval training blasts belly fat the fastest!
Though gym memberships and training equipment can be expensive, the long-term health benefits mean you’ll actually end up saving money! One company estimated that for every £ spent on exercise, it saves £2.71 in future health costs.
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