Everyone's heard that exercise is 'good for you'. But how exactly does it help?
Here are eight ways that exercise makes your life better.
1. You sleep better
There is a strong link between exercising and getting better sleep.
If you get better quality sleep then you feel more energised the next day.
2. It reduces your stress levels
Stress can creep up on you, whether it’s exam stress, worry about friendships or family responsibilities.
Exercise releases ‘feel good hormones’ produced by your brain into your body that give you a natural ‘high’, helping you to reduce your stress levels and leaving you better able to cope.
3. It makes you physically and mentally stronger
Exercise not only gives your body a work out, it’s good for your brain too.
Brain – Exercise releases a protein that is great for the neurons in your brain; it increases your brain power and improves your memory and concentration.
Body – Exercising increases muscle strength and also bone strength. And, by working out regularly, you’re helping your body’s immune system to fight off any bugs.
4. It gives you more energy
Any exercise that gets your heart racing releases ‘feel good’ endorphins which increase your energy levels, leaving you better able to face the challenges of the day.
5. It improves your coordination and balance
Having good balance and coordination, and core strength, which you can develop through exercise, helps you to have better posture and a stronger spine. You are less likely to experience serious injuries.
6. It improves your cardiovascular fitness
A healthier heart is a happier heart.
By increasing your heart rate, you strengthen your heart, increase stamina, improve blood flow, burn fat and improve your body’s ability to deliver oxygen and energy to your muscles.
Vigorous exercise is also a great way to lower your blood pressure, which keeps your heart healthy.
7. It increases self confidence
While there may be parts of your body that you would like to change, by exercising you can take care of what’s most important: your health, so you can feel really good about yourself. It’s that kind of attitude that others find attractive.
Exercise triggers the production of antioxidants; chemicals which are produced naturally to help fight infections against your body. Antioxidents also affect the way you feel about yourself. As you get stronger and healthier, you may also feel happier and more confident.
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