An improved physique is a definite incentive to work out but it's absolutely not the only reason!
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Nadine is often faced with curious stares and outright questions whenever she visits the gym or take a morning run. Why are you here? What are you trying to achieve? These are some of the many questions people ask. To them it would seem that she has the perfect body ---and she is probably damn close to having one. But it is clear that they are unaware of some of the amazing benefits of exercise that are not related to weight.
Time after time women will make the statement “I am happy with my size, I don’t want to lose weight!” or “ I don’t need a gym, I need to eat!” Women go to the gym for many reasons, some to lose weight, others to gain muscle and some for health reasons. An improved physique is a definite incentive to work out but it's absolutely not the only reason! Exercise also helps you enjoy an overall happy and healthy life. Research has even proven that exercise is one of the best things that you can do for your brain.
Check out these 5 amazing benefits of exercise that has absolutely nothing to do with weight.
Makes You Smarter
Exercise improves your mental health, enhances your ability to reason and improves your ability to learn new things. This occurs because when you engage in physical activity you develop chemicals in the brain called growth factors. These are responsible for creating new brain cells and establishing connections between them.
Tones Muscles and Strengthens Bones
When you work out your bones, muscles and joints are improved. Exercise keeps your muscles strong and defined. It also strengthens bones which reduces the risk of osteoporosis as you get older. Regular physical activity also helps prevent joint conditions like arthritis.
A couple hours at the gym, a brisk walk or a morning run are guaranteed to sweat out your stress! When you exercise, you get your heart pumping and blood flowing. This causes your brain to release “happy” chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine. Exercise improves the nervous system and it is a natural antidepressant.
Helps You Sleep
Do you often suffer from insomnia? Well exercise is a drug free treatment for this problem! Whether you do a light workout or a tough one to the point of exhaustion, your sleep quality is improved with exercise.
Higher Energy Levels
Forget power naps! Instead you should take a walk, run or do anything to get that blood flowing. This may sound crazy but it has been tested and proven. When you feel tired, all you need is a little exercise to give you that energy boost. Physical activity enhances blood flow and carries nutrients and oxygen to muscle tissues. This helps your body to produce more energy and revitalises you.