Take a Look at What Exercise Does for You

By Sandy Schroeder

When you are running hard, or working out at the gym, you may be focused on your health, weight or strength, but there is really more to the story.

Recently MindBodyGreen.com focused on the power of exercise and came up with some key benefits.

What Exercise Can Do

See what you think of these benefits.

Exercise makes us happier - When we walk, jog or run, we trigger the release of dopamines, the chemicals linked to bliss, motivation and concentration. Often the minute I put on my sneakers and head out the door, or slip onto my yoga mat, I can feel my spirit lift in anticipation of how I will feel.

Exercise taps new energy - At the end of the day you may skip your workout and head straight for the couch, but exercise could re-energize your evening.  Give yourself a little push and enjoy the energy boost.

Exercise can help you sleep better - Add 30 minutes of exercise every day and rest better at night. Researchers have shown regular exercise can fight insomnia and improve overall sleep quality.

Exercise helps us find ourselves - It's easy to feel stronger, more independent and more together when you are toning your body, stimulating your brain, and strengthening your muscles.

Exercise erases stress - When you run out of time, and work just keeps coming, walking, biking, or working out may help you keep your stress in check. Add a walk in the morning, a walk after lunch, and another one at night and enjoy the difference as stress drops away.

Exercise helps reduce anxiety - When you feel your worries building, go biking or hiking and enjoy the fresh calmness. A weekend of camping with a hike helps me unwind, relax and let go of everything.

Exercise fights the impact of sitting - As more and more of us sit for longer periods, daily exercise is crucial to fight the negative effects of sitting, keeping the body strong and flexible.

Exercise helps us shed weight - Find the diet that fits you and then add a daily workout to seal the deal. Watch the pounds drop as you build muscle and tone your body.

Exercise builds confidence - Just being out there walking, jogging or working out helps build self-esteem that shows up in job performance and social connections. As pounds drop and muscles grow, it's easy to feel more confident.

Exercise improves health - The whole body gets a boost when you get at least 150 minutes of exercise each week. Fit 10-, 15- or 20-minute spurts of activity into your day as you strengthen your immune system and protect your heart.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Ariz.

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