When we think of exercising, we associate it with building muscles or losing weight most of the time. However, exercise has many more benefits than those two things! As you will find out below, exercise isn’t just for muscles.
Certain chemicals released in our bodies make us feel super happy when we exercise. These are called endorphins, and they are contributors to what is called “runner’s high.” Endorphins are the body’s unique way of dealing with the physical toll that exercising has on the body. Another significant side effect of exercising regularly is the improvement of brain health—so you can feel better overall all the time, and not just from endorphins! Regular exercise improves the symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, and other mental/emotional health issues. Outside of the physical benefits, sometimes just going for a relaxing walk when you start to feel upset can help you get your mind off the situation and recenter yourself.
Scientists have proven that regular exercise helps us get a better night’s sleep. Just thirty minutes at least of exercise each day can improve your sleep almost immediately! While the endorphins and good feelings we talked about above will make you feel awake and alert, you’ve still exerted yourself in general by exercising. It means that your body will be more ready to rest when it’s time to sleep. Think of it as a sugar crash—without the sugar and side effects like headaches or stomachaches. Your body got pumped from the exercise, but then it uses that to help you get a more satisfying and restful sleep!
We all know that exercise gets the heart working and blood flowing. However, even when we don’t move, our heart still pumps. It is not so for our lymphatic system. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic doesn’t have an automatic pump to push the fluid through. It depends on our body movements to do its job! Your lymphatic system is responsible for helping filter out and removes any toxins and chemicals from your body. When you have a sedentary lifestyle, junk pools throughout your lymph system like a clogged sewage system, can lead to inflammation and pain and compromise your immune system. By making sure you exercise each day, you are helping your body more efficiently flush out all the ick!
As you can see, exercise has several other positive outcomes other than building muscles and helping with weight loss. Challenge yourself to do something active for at least thirty minutes each day, and see how much it can improve your overall mental and physical health!
Until tomorrow, stay safe, and keep the faith.