The Extras from Exercising

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Exercise' Fringe Benefits

For many, exercising is a very effective means to achieve an ideal weight and maintain a healthier body and lifestyle. Aside from this obvious result, there are other extras one gets from a regular exercise program. Brain stimulation, a sound sleep, and saving money from buying medication are just a few of the fringe benefits of exercise. Learn more about the extras and start your own exercise program now!

1. Brain stimulation.

Not many know that there is a correlation between exercise and cognition. Much recently, a breakthrough was provided when a study conducted by the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) researchers revealed that exercise has a significant impact on a person's brain activity. The said study further revealed that a workout contribute to blood-vessel development in the brain. More significantly, the same study found that the brains of folks who perform regular exercises are more 'engaged.'

It is very encouraging to know that exercise enhances the flow of blood to the different parts of the body especially the brain. This means that with exercise, the brain is having access to more nutrients with the improved blood circulation. It is not important what kind of exercise you do to achieve this, as long as you regularly perform an activity that raises your heartbeat whether it be cardio or simply lifting weights, it does the same.

2. Sleeping sound naturally.

Every individual follows a unique circadian rhythm or what is referred to as the body clock. Once a person starts doing regular exercise for a week or so, the body undergoes a subtle change. Since any physical activity will make the body yearn for a rest, sleep won't be much of a problem anymore. Any regular workout will make one sleep regulalry as if the body automatically sets the body clock to a schedule when it needs to take a rest. The result is more peaceful sleep and a feeling of being renewed and refreshed the morning after. Regular runners can attest to this.

Some doctors advice their patients to do light exercises an hour before sleep. Light exercises such as walking will work great for this. As the body falls into into own natural rhythm, there won't be much of a need for an alarm clock to wake one up because the body will automatically adjust to waking up at the proper time. Similarly, one need not rely on sleeping pills will also be avoided.

3. Glowing skin.

Ever wonder why famous athletes have enviable skin that glows even without make-up? You won't need that much cosmetics when you have a regular program of exercise. If you have always wanted a rosier glow to your skin, exercise will help you get there. Any regular exercise induces the body to function in tiptop condition and the skin will always show the good results.

The body's sweat glands are working fulltime when you exercise. It is important to know that sweat acts as a natural cleanser to rid the pores of dirt and oils. One will soon notice that the skin radiates with improved texture than before. More importantly, an exercise improves blood circulation allowing for more nutrients to reach the skin's surface. This is made possible when the body is efficiently working to flush out toxins with the increased activity. Coupled with a diet high in fruits and vegetables, having a glowing skin is now very achievable.

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4. Proper hydration

During periods of exercise, it is important to hydrate properly to replace the fluids sweated out by the body. Indeed, exercising is a great way to encourage one to drink more water that usual. As one drink more water, the body gets its daily water requirement and keeps one well-hydrated. Since water is necessary in all bodily processes, it aids in cleaning the body, makes the movement of nutrients from one cell to another more efficiently and helps regulate body temperature. Proper hydration help in reducing blood viscosity. Hence, water drinking during exercise works to contribute to the total well-being of the human body.

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5. Get a natural high.

A regular physical activity will not only make one look good with the weight loss that goes with it. More importantly, one feels good as a direct result of a physical workout. When one engages in any cardiovascular activity, the body releases endorphins, a chemical responsible for one feeling good. In short, one gets a natural high simply by exercising. Those who are suffering from mild depression can greatly benefit from minimal exercise activity. The natural high that you get from exercise lasts all day long and even more. As the body naturally falls into a balanced state due to the physical activity, in the following day one will still relish the good mood. More than this, as opposed to the high one gets from anti-depressants, there is zero side-effects.

So if you are looking for a great, non-drug antidote to depression, you must move your muscles regularly and get those natural endorphins pumping to give you a natural high that has no side-effects.

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gmmurgirl 5 years ago from Pilipinas Author

Hi there Dr. irum! Thank you very much for liking this hub. All are based on my personal experience. Have a great day!


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Dr irum 5 years ago

Awesome hub ,great advise and good compilation. i rate up this .

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