Exercise Benefits Beyond Weight Loss

Exercise Benefits Beyond Weight LossThink about this for a minute: what was your reasoning for stepping onto a treadmill or lifting weights the last time that you did? Maybe it was to lose the extra few pounds holiday indulgences left behind, and if it was, I’d hardly be surprised if you were the only one in the gym with the same rationale.

The thing is though, logging time through physical activity is good for your overall health – not just losing weight. If you’ve ever wanted to stress less or sleep better, breaking a sweat is a step in the right direction. So next time you’re contemplating a workout session, remember the reasons below and just get to it.

Boosts energy
The more you move, the less tired you will feel. Even though it seems backwards, it’s true. Over time, increased muscle strength and endurance will allow your body to work more efficiently and use less energy for daily tasks.

Prevents chronic disease
Regular exercise can prevent or alleviate health conditions and chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

Improves mood & reduces stress
Moving regularly can help raise your mood and fight stress. Exercise releases certain chemicals in the brain that make you feel happier and more at ease.

Sleep better
Studies show people who exercise regularly have an easier time falling asleep and sleep more sound than those who don’t. Since increased alertness is often an effect of exercise, working out close to bedtime may not be ideal for everyone.

Sources:
Mayo Clinic
CDC
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