3 Benefits of Exercise You Might Have Forgotten About


While I am at an all-day training today, I thought I would share this great blog on the benefits of exercise.

Posted on April 28, 2012

 

 

Exercise is good for us and we all know it. However, sometimes knowing is not enough to actually get us up off our feet! Here are 3 benefits of exercise that might provide a bit more motivation to get moving. ;)

 

1. It boosts your energy: When we’re tired, the last thing we want to do is work out. Sometimes going to the gym seems like a chore and we often find ourselves making excuses to avoid going. What I always tell myself when I’m in that state is, “Catherine, remember how good you will feel after!”  I don’t think I’ve ever exercised and felt bad afterwards. Sure, I may have felt sore after a work out, but that shows me I’m being productive and makes me feel good. Studies suggest that exercise fights fatigue, so even if it is just hopping on the bike for 20 minutes or going for a 30 minute walk, exercise can give you that extra boost you need to go about your day! You’ll feel re-energized, refocused, and in a better mood, like this girl:

 

2. It makes you smarter: This Canadian study found that women ages 70-80 with mild cognitive impairment improved their attention, problem-solving, and decision making brain functions by doing resistance training twice a week. Moreover, another study showed that adults ages 55-80 who completed 40 minutes of aerobic exercise 3 times a week increased the size of their hippocampus, the area of the brain involved in memory forming and spacial reasoning. You’re not just working your body when you go for a walk, you’re working and preserving your brain!

3. It improves the sex drive: If you’re somebody looking to revitalize or improve your sex life, exercise may be the answer. There are many studies out there that suggest that exercise can increase sexual response in men and women and decrease the chance of dysfunction. You can also think about it this way: cardio endurance, muscular endurance, and improved strength and flexibility are all benefits of exercise…I think many would agree these all contribute to your sex life, too!

Fitting in a bit of physical activity each day won’t require a huge change in lifestyle, but as you can see, it could go a very long way.

Now, I’m off to the gym!

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5 thoughts on “3 Benefits of Exercise You Might Have Forgotten About

  1. Great post!

    It’s amazing how many benefits exercise has! Also, I still find it fascinating how exercise works to make your heart and lungs so much stronger. Then, that translates into better blood flow in your brain and even bringing oxygen to places in the brain that haven’t had it for quite some time (therefore, the better brain function of exercisers).

    Also, the mention of the sexual benefits always makes me think of a Sports Nutrition class I took at college. In it, the teacher talked about how he talks to the guys on the college football team to get them to focus on heart health. A lot of them couldn’t care less about their blood pressure, so he focused on “if you have bad blood flow, that’s blood flow everywhere. If you’re a virile, young guy then you can get what I’m saying.” Ha ha.

    Anyway, I love your blog! Thanks for posting! :)

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  3. I’m recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome and now preparing to return to work. The next stage is to try and get back to exercise. I love to dance and trained in ballet when I was young, so I’m going to try an adult ballet class or might give zumba a go.
    Thanks for this post it’s spurred me into action.

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