We all know that exercise is good for us but just in case you need a reminder, here are the facts. The benefits are endless!
- It helps build muscle and reverse bone loss.
- It actually increases energy. Even though one can feel tired, those who exercise often can feel better afterward, as long as one has not “pushed it”. There is good research for graded exercise regimes in Chronic Fatigue, for example.
- Exercises significantly reduces the risk of chronic disease such as Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. It improves insulin function, body fat composition and reduces blood pressure, above and beyond weight loss effects.
- It has an anti -oxidant effect that can reduce aging.
- It improves brain function and memory. Among older adults, it can help protect mental function and has been shown to reduce changes in the brain that can cause Alzheimer’s disease.
- Want better sleep? Exercises is linked to improved sleep and more energy in the day. One study found that 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity per week can provide up to a 65% improvement in sleep quality.
- It helps to reduce chronic pain that's associated with various conditions such as chronic low back pain and fibromyalgia. It can also increase pain tolerance and decrease pain perception and improve quality of life.
- Lost Libido? Exercise can help improve sexual desire, pleasure, function and performance in men and women. It can also help decrease the risk of erectile dysfunction in men.
Don’t forget the gut! Exercise enhances the number of beneficial microbial species, enrich the microflora diversity and improve the development of commensal bacteria in the gut.
And what about the science behind emotions?
- Exercise releases endocannabinoids, that help reduce anxiety and help one feel more optimistic. It primes use to connect with others and strengthens relationships.
- It helps us feel more calm and has positive effects for overall mental health.
- By regulating dopamine production, exercise makes us more sensitive to joy.
- Research also suggests that exercise makes us more courageous and more likely to build trust.
So what are we waiting for, its free, let’s get moving!