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The 7 Benefits of Exercise You Might Not Know About

We all know that exercise is good for us. However, we frequently need to be reminded that besides helping to burn calories and sculpt our body, the enormous benefits that come from exercising.

1. Increases energy

You would think that exercising would deplete you of all your energy during the day, but that is far from the truth. A regular exercise routine helps to stimulate the mitochondria cell components in your body helping to create energy–both physical and mental.

2. Promotes work-life balance

You’ve heard it once and you’ll hear it again. Balance is important in life. Work-life balance,therefore, is of the utmost importance. Working out allows people to help people feel like they are able to balance all the chaos and stress in their life.

3. Helps you heal faster

Certain exercises can be beneficial for healing tendonitis, muscle tears, and even bone fractures. It might be hard to believe, but aerobic exercise may even help restore normal cognitive function in people who have suffered from a concussion. Just be make sure to double check that your doctor will clear you before doing extremely exertive exercise.

4. Fights disease

You’ve all heard the saying “an apple a day will keep the doctor way.” What you’ve haven’t been told that diet + exercise will keep the doctor away. The combination of fruits, vegetables, and exercise will help to prevent diseases from the cold cold to even cancer. Research now shows that exercise can also help aid in cancer prevention by changing the body’s immune system.

5. Helps you sleep

If you suffer from insomnia, you might want to consider getting more morning exercise. (This one I can tell you from personal experience is true). Plus, more vigorous exercisers are almost twice as likely as non-exercisers to consistently have a good night’s rest, and they are the least likely group to have sleep problems.

6. Boosts immunity

According to the National Institutes of Health, moderate regular exercise can help your immune system fight off simple bacterial and viral infections. I can personally attest to this. There has been many a day that I’ve gone to the gym with a cold and felt completely better after.

7. Boosts your mood

Depending on if you are already a grouch, exercising helps you to boost your mood. One study out of the University of Vermont found that your mood can be improved for to 12 hours post exercise. Specifically, people with depression have found that exercises helps their overall demeanor and attitude.