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5 Benefits of Exercise besides Weight Loss

Updated on December 8, 2018
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Shan is a personal development and holistic fitness advocate from the Philippines.

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Exercise is a great way to achieve an ideal weight and maintain a healthier body and lifestyle. Aside from weight loss, here are 5 amazing benefits of exercise.

1. Sexy glowing skin

Ever wonder why famous athletes have enviable glowing skin? If you have always wanted a rosier glow to your skin, exercise will help you get there. You will no longer need cosmetics when you exercise regularly. Being physically active results to your body performing in tiptop shape and the skin shows it.

The body's sweat glands are working full time when you exercise. Sweat acts as a natural cleanser to rid the pores of dirt and oils. It improves blood circulation allowing for more nutrients to reach the skin's surface. The body will now be functioning well enabling it to efficiently flush out toxins. Notice that the skin radiates with improved texture when you exercise regularly.

2. A sound sleep

If you are one of those having difficulty sleeping, working out could be your best option. Every individual follows a unique the body clock. When a person engages in regular exercise, the body undergoes a subtle change. Physical activity will make the body yearn for rest, sleep won't be much of a problem at all.

After a workout, the body automatically sets the body clock to a schedule when it needs to take a rest. It allows for more peaceful sleep each night and a feeling of deep rest the next day.

Some doctors would even advise patients to do light exercises at least an hour before going to sleep.

Interestingly, the body falls into a rhythm and soon you will no longer need an alarm clock. Your mind and body will sync in such a way that sleeping and waking up will be regulated.

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3. Mood lift

The body releases feel good hormones after a workout. One of them is endorphins, a chemical responsible for one to feel a natural high. People suffering from mild depression can greatly benefit from minimal exercise activity.

Note that this natural high 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. This high is all natural so side-effects will never be an issue.

So if you are looking for a great, non-drug antidote to depression, move your body regularly and experience a natural mood lift.

4. Proper hydration

During periods of exercise, it is important to hydrate properly to replace the fluids sweated out by the body. Exercising makes one thirsty so it encourages you to drink more. Doing so, your body gets the dose of water needed to keep it well-hydrated. the body gets its daily water requirement and keeps one well-hydrated.

Water is necessary in all bodily functions. It aids in cleaning the body and moving nutrients from one cell to another. Being hydrated also makes it easy for the body to regulate its temperature.

Proper hydration likewise helps in reducing blood viscosity. Hence, water drinking during exercise works to contribute to the total well-being of the human body.

5. Brain stimulation

There is a correlation between exercise and cognition. Much recently, a a study conducted by the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) revealed that exercise has a significant impact on a person's brain activity.

The researchers discovered 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 deemed 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 gets 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 beneficial effect on your brain.

Get inspired and start living a healthy and active lifestyle now.


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    • gmmurgirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Shan Moore 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      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 

      7 years ago

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


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