We all know the physical benefits of exercise: it makes you stronger, leaner & more fit. Plus, it reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and so much more. But, in addition to all those physical benefits, working out also improves your overall well-being. Here's how:
Staying committed to an exercise regimen fosters a sense of achievement & self-worth. Learning new skills, gaining strength and achieving goals gives you the confidence that you can handle any obstacle that comes your way.
Physical activity promotes changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good.
Sharper memory and thinking
The same endorphins that make you feel good also help you concentrate and feel mentally sharp. Exercise also stimulates the growth of new brain cells and helps prevent age-related decline.
Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy on a daily basis.
Physical activity can help you connect with others in a friendly social setting. When you work toward a physical goal alongside others, or in cooperation with others, you deepen your connection. Recent research shows that having a strong social network is key to mental health & well-being.
When you engage in physical activities that you enjoy, life becomes more fun. Whether it's strength training, running, hiking, cycling, swimming or something else, it feels good to move your body.