The Benefits of Exercise Beyond the Body

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The Benefits of Exercise Beyond the Body

You are probably aware of the physical benefits that an exercise routine can have on a person. But did you realize the tremendous impact that can carry over to you beyond the body? If feeling great physically isn’t enough motivation for you to exercise regularly, consider these additional benefits! 

Happiness

Exercise is a great way to give your body a boost of immediate happiness. This is mostly due to hormones, called endorphins. They directly bring about feelings of euphoria. Sounds pretty good, right? You can also expect other “happy” chemicals to make their way to your body such as serotonin and dopamine. This is why you may hear of some people exercising when they are stressed - it’s because it changes the chemical components of stress on the body. 

Mental Health

Exercise can be just the break your mind needs to meditate and focus on the moment. It has been shown to reduce feelings of depression and stress. It’s a healthy way to deal with emotions that may be triggering you, instead of turning to other vices. 

Aging

Studies have shown the tremendous impact exercise can have on the aging body. Regularly moving the body can slow down the aging process on muscle mass, immunity and cholesterol levels.

Memory 

If you feel like your memory isn’t what it used to be, you may want to try going for a run. A good cardio workout can grow regions of the brain. This is due to the increased oxygen to the brain and stimulation of growth factors that strengthen neural connections in the brain. It keeps you sharp and improves recall time. 

Sleep Quality

If you’re like many Americans who struggle with getting a good night’s rest, you may want to consider establishing a daily workout routine. While exercising, the body’s temperature is increased. As you fall asleep, your body temperature drops. This can aid in sleep quality and the ability to fall asleep quickly. Additionally, the energy used to get your body moving will naturally prepare your body to be ready for sleep. 

We all know that exercise is good for the body, but it is far better for us than we think! If you are looking for some tips on exercises or require physical therapy to get back to yourself again, contact Core Physical Therapy for help!

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