You have probably heard countless times how exercise is “good for you.” And I am sure how many times you have heard that you should start to do exercises but did you know that it could actually help you feel and look good, too? A trim waist and toned arms may be your initial motivation for working out, but there are other important reasons to exercise. Here are ten important reasons to get moving.
1- Exercise boosts memory and cognitive function.
The effects of exercise on many of your bodily systems ultimately pays off in improving your cognitive function. Even moderate walking helps boost cognitive functions like reasoning, memory, attention span, and the expansion of information and knowledge. Memory also benefits from a general lowering of cortisol, the stress hormone, associated with the improved mood and anxiety levels you experience from your regular workouts.
2- Exercise Strengthens muscles and bones.
We reach our peak bone and muscle mass by the time we are 30, and by our 40s we begin to lose it. With regular exercise, specifically resistance training (lifting weights and/or body resistance training several days a week), we can slow and even reverse this process. Resistance training also builds your muscles. In fact, the tension of your muscles against your bones is what also helps your bones get the maximum benefit of weight lifting. Keeping your bones and muscles strong also helps you stay more aerobically fit, leaner, and decreases your chances of osteoporosis.
3- Exercise Improves sex life.
Doing exercise makes you feel fit, which makes you feel better about yourself and your healthy, which results in good relationship. Resistance training also helps boost testosterone and this important hormone (present in both males and females) increases your energy levels, mood, and your sex drive. With more muscle mass comes greater stimulation to produce androgens that help both men and women maintain their sexual functioning.
4- Exercise Maintains immune functioning.
Your immune system is what protects you from infection and other chemical toxins. The immune system also plays a role in maintaining a healthy response to stress (more on this later). Although for many years, researchers talked about “immune senescence” as an inevitable result of aging, we now know that the studies showing these inevitable declines were conducted on people who did not exercise. Even short-term exercise programs can reverse some of the deleterious effects of aging on this sensitive, complex, and crucial regulatory system that controls so much of your everyday health.
5- Exercise relieves stress.
Exercising is one of the fastest ways to clear stress hormones out of your system. It will help you relax and calm down. Just going for a moderate walk for 30 minutes will help you relieve stress. Studies support the idea that being physically active should be a part of any depression treatment.
6- Exercise boosts your energy.
As soon as you start moving, stop whining you will immediately begin to feel that energy bump and get through the day with less fatigue. Although going to the gym early in the morning or late in the afternoon may feel like the last thing you have energy to do, once you build exercise into your daily routines, these workout bouts will actually seem less tiresome because you’ll feel more mentally and physically capable of carrying them out. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently.
7- Exercise helps you sleep better.
Although sleep experts recommend that you not exercise right before you go to bed, exercise during the day benefits your sleep at night. Sleeping better at night also improves, in turn, your immune functioning and even lowers your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cognitive impairment. You will sleep better when you have had a good workout, and physical activity helps keep your circadian rhythm on track.
8- Exercise helps you feel happier.
Exercise improves your mood by causing your body’s endorphins to kick in. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Exercise and physical activity can be enjoyable. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy.
9- Exercise helps you improve your social communication.
Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. Some people need to exercise in a group class because they enjoy the social opportunities it provides. You could meet new people in these groups and then by the time you be friends.
10- Exercise reduces your fat.
Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. When you lose weight, you will be happy with your appearance that will give you more confidence in yourself.