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8 Hidden Benefits of Exercise

You probably know that regular exercise can make you stronger, fitter, and trim your figure, but did you know those are really only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of exercise? Staying active and getting regular exercise offers you all sorts of advantages beyond what may first come to mind. Read on to find out all the hidden benefits of exercise you don’t want to miss!

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1. Mood Lifter. Studies have shown that the post exercise high many people report experiencing likely extends far beyond those first few post workout minutes. Getting regular exercise can have an effect on mood similar to that of a mild anti-depressant.

2. Mind Sharpener. Your muscles aren’t the only thing working out when you exercise. Completing new and challenging workout routines can help to keep your mind sharp and improve your memory recall. Additionally, people who exercise regularly seem to enjoy a protective benefit against the damages of dementia.

3. Immune Strengthener. Research is continually revealing the vital role the immune system plays in all aspects of health and wellness, and one terrific way to strengthen the immune system is through regular moderate exercise. Scientists are not completely certain as to why this occurs, but evidence shows those who get regular moderate exercise are sick less often than their sedentary counterparts. Take care not to over exercise though as too much exercise can have the opposite effect.

4. Detoxifier. Increasing blood circulation and sweating heavily can help your body move out toxins naturally more quickly. Even better news? Any type of exercise that gets your heartrate up and sweat pouring will help naturally cleanse your body!  That’s a great addition to the list of benefits of exercise!

5. Life Giver. It turns out those minutes you put in at the gym can add up to years when it comes to life expectancy. People who exercise as little as 15 minutes a day may extend their lives by three years. Doubling the exercise time to 30 minutes takes that number up to four years.

6. GI Helper. Fiber rich foods are one well-known way to keep things moving through your gastrointestinal (GI) tract, but physical fitness is also essential to help keep the GI system working its best. Exercising regularly can help you have regular bowel movements as well.

7. Injury Preventer. If you include exercises that strengthen your core, you are also giving yourself added insurance against injury. A strong core can help do things such as protect your back and improve your balance which in turn help to prevent injuries.

8. Sleep Aid. If you are one of the millions of people who struggle with insomnia, exercise may be the missing secret you need to help you get a better night’s sleep. In addition to using energy, exercise also aids in reducing stress, making it easier to turn your mind off and drift off when bedtime comes around. Just be sure to get your exercise in early enough in the day as exercising close to bedtime may rev you up when performed too close to bedtime.

So, if you are thinking about skipping out on that next workout, remember all these AMAZING benefits that you are choosing to give up!

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California-licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Nutrition Coach, and Certified Personal Trainer

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