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Before we get into these top 10 benefits of exercise I won't be putting them in any particular order as they're all as important as each other. Also, just so you know burning more calories is not one of the benefits as that is not a health outcome contrary to what many government organisations think.
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Exercise is the most inexpensive and most effective treatment for insomnia. It helps you get to sleep quicker and slides you into a deeper sleep as well. For the optimum effect on sleep try and exercise at least 4 hours before you go to bed.
Exercise has pronounced long-term antidepressant effects, with it being shown to be as effective as drugs but without the side effects. It does this by the increased biosynthesis of euphoriant neurochemicals such as anandamide, β-endorphin and phenethylamine.
On the subject of increased biosynthesis of euphoriant neurochemicals this mechanism can also lead to increased energy, which makes it a great way to start the day. Also, as you become fitter and stronger many day to day tasks become easier giving you more energy.
As your sleep is sounder, depression is dispersed and your energy enhanced stress becomes stifled, and so you're better emotionally equipped to deal with day to day stresses which can pile up in our fast paced world.
Boosts Brain Power
Physical activity has been shown to be neuroprotective in many neurodegenerative and neuromuscular diseases. The Caerphilly Heart Disease Study followed 2,375 male subjects over 30 years and examined the association between regular physical exercise and dementia. The study found that men who exercised regularly had a 59% reduction in dementia when compared to the men who didn't exercise.
Regular workouts can help your body ward off viruses and bacteria by increasing the circulation of natural killer cells. Moderate exercise has been associated with a 29% decreased incidence of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI), but studies of marathon runners found that their prolonged exercise was associated with an increased risk of infection occurrence. So be careful with how much you do otherwise it could be detrimental.
Heightens Your Heart
Okay, I couldn't think of a better alliteration for heart but the bottom line here is that exercise increases the mechanical efficiency and volume of your heart. Even a brisk walk can bring your heart rate up to the optimal heart rate for the most beneficial effects, so get those hiking boots out!
Keeps You Forever Flexible
Being flexible and mobile with your body is a big plus as we age and exercise helps you do that by keeping joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, posture and bones in check, as well as preventing injuries. I recommend stretching at every opportunity in order to keep everything as aligned as one can in daily life!
Bulks Up Bones
Another thing that happens as we age is that we lose bone mineral density, or our bones get weaker. Exercise helps slow this process down, especially strength training as it forces the bone to grow stronger in order to take on more weight the next time.
Age Awesome-lly & Longer Life
All these benefits add up to 2 things. Higher quality and higher quantity of life, and for me that's what life is all about. So why wouldn't you want to do some exercise. It doesn't have to be stupid amounts, and in fact that could be a bad thing, but a couple of strength training sessions and a long walk once a week will do you the world of good!