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Benefit #6. Can Make You Happier
Exercise stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling more relaxed and happier. Exercise is also known to increase concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate your brain’s response to stress there leaving you feeling better.
As studies have also shown, exercise can even eliminate symptoms experienced by the clinically depressed which can eliminate the need for anti-depressant pills.
Engaging in exercise also releases endorphins that create feelings of happiness and euphoria.
Benefit #7. Combats Health Conditions and Diseases
Engaging in frequent exercise boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This helps prevent heart disease and high blood pressure.
Regular exercise also helps to manage a wide range of health issues like type 2 diabetes, stroke, depression, arthritis and certain types of cancer.
Benefit #8. Promotes a Better Sex Life
Exercise can also improve your sex life. For instance, research shows that if you burn as little as 200 additional calories in a day, this can lower your risk of erectile dysfunction.
Endorphins produced when you exercise can also stimulate the release of sex hormones which may leave you primed and ready for some one-on-one action in the bedroom.
Benefit #9. Helps You Stay Sharp in Mind and Body
Regular exercise boosts memory and the ability to learn new things. It increases the production of the hippocampus which is responsible for memory and learning. Research has linked brain development in children to the level of physical fitness. This can also benefit adults too.
Studies have also suggested that tough workouts increase levels of the brain-derived protein (BDNF) which improves decision making, thinking and learning ability.
Benefit #10. Can Help You Live Longer
In an article titled “Can Running + Other Exercise Help You Live Longer? Yes.”
By Dr. Axe of draxe.com, he states:
“By now, everyone knows there are numerous benefits of exercise, and one of those benefits includes the potential to extend life.”
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So in addition to the usual benefits of losing weight and keeping fit that almost everybody knows, exercise can also give you the above benefits.
How to Enjoy the Benefits of Regular Exercise
To enjoy the benefits of exercise, you will need to do the following:
§ Make a decision to incorporate regular exercise into your schedule: You need to make a decision right now to incorporate regular exercise into your everyday life. Without making a conscious decision you are not likely to develop the exercise habit.
§ Create a timetable that ensures you exercise on a daily basis: after making a decision, the next step is to create a timetable for your activities. Varying the types of exercises you do will produce better results over time. You can also consult an expert to determine what is best for you as exercises are not one size fits all.
§ Hold yourself accountable and strive to achieve your target of exercising every day: When you commit to the exercise routine, you will find that as with all other things in life, there will be times you will feel like quitting. You need to hold yourself accountable to get the results you want. This will mean you have to persevere. Giving up will not do you any good.
Regular trips to the gym are great, but don’t worry if you can’t find a large chunk of time to carry out the standard exercise every day. To reap the benefits of exercise, just get more active throughout your day — take the stairs instead of the elevator or rev up your household chores.
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Remember: Consistency is the key to achieving results, like it is in life and every other thing including exercise. So begin today, stay consistent and all the above benefits will be yours to enjoy.