7 Exercise Benefits Beyond the Physical

exercise2So, you’ve just bought a gym membership and decided that you are going to spend less time on the couch with a beer and more time working out at the gym.

Before wondering whether this was just an impulsive purchase brought on by an excellent sales rep- Let’s take a look at the benefits of physical exercise beyond the physical.

These are ways exercise can help improve your overall health and fitness:

1. Exercise Can Help Improve Your Mood.

Studies show that when you exercise you stimulate various neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers, within the brain like serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin is responsible for processes in the body such as learning and mood. So the higher the serotonin in the body the better your mood is!

2. Exercise Reduces and Can Improve Mental Health Issues Such as Stress, Anxiety and Depression.

It enhances the production of endorphins, which is a chemical in the body that improves natural immunity and reduces the perception of pain. In simpler terms “endorphins make you happy”.

3. Exercise Increases the Amount of Energy You Have.

Working out actually increases the amount of energy you have, which will help keep you going throughout the day. This means reducing the need for that morning caffeine boost!

4. Exercise Helps You Look Good, And Therefore Feel Good.

It’s quite simple: how you feel about yourself is reflective of how you look in the mirror and how others see you. If you look good and feel healthy it is easier to have the confidence to carry yourself that way.

5. Exercise Gives You Prime Social Networking Opportunities.

Going to the gym gives you access to a support network different than what you may be used to. You will come across a lot of different people, all with a common interest of fitness! You never know who you may meet putting yourself into new situations!

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