You know all the obvious benefits of working out….building strong bones, improving balance, losing weight and lowering the risk for disease. There are many more less known day to day benefits you can enjoy as a result of being active!
Here are our top 5 unexpected benefits;
1. Happier Moods
As little as five minutes of exercise in any form releases endorphins in the brain, creating strong feelings of happiness and euphoria. Consistent exercise alleviates symptoms of depression as well. with physical activity you will feel healthier, happier and more confident.
2. Better Sleep
Studies show that consistent exercise results in not only less time to fall asleep and sounder sleep cycles, but also less daytime drowsiness!
3. Improved Concentration & Creativity
Physical activity improves the cardiovascular system and increases endorphins which stimulate the mind for more creative thoughts to flow. If you want improved focus get moving!
4. Reduce Stress Levels & Anxiety
Between work and family time, many suffer from high stress levels. Exercise increases the body’s ability to handle stress – the more you train your body with the physical stress of exercise, the better it responds to emotional stress. If you are feeling stressed make sure you don’t skip your workout!
5. Maintain Mental Fitness
Through aging, our brainpower decreases and the brain actually grows smaller. Mental decline can start as early as 24 years of age. Studies have shown consistent exercisers have less brain shrinkage than those that don’t exercise.