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The Powerful Effects of Being Physically Active

By Genevieve Cunningham

We’ve all heard time and again that exercise is good for us. We know it might help us lose weight. We know it might help us look better. And yet, so many of us still skip it. Why? Perhaps it’s because we don’t fully understand just how good it is. We don’t understand that the benefits go far beyond physical appearance and into something much more substantial. To find out exactly why you should make physical activity a part of your regular routine, check out these powerful effects of moving your body.

It May Help You Live Longer

Exercise can boost almost every function in your body. Digestion, your immune system, circulation, and lung function are just a few of the significant improvements that may be found. So, what does this mean? It means that you may live longer. Not days or months longer, but years longer. Your body will be more efficient and will be stronger and more able to keep disease away. If you want a way to live a long, healthy, productive life, exercise simply must be a part of the routine.

It Might Make You Smarter

OK, so it won’t put knowledge into your brain in the same way as studying, but it can enhance your brain function. Those who exercise tend to have better memory, both short and long-term. They tend to have better focus and a longer attention span. This makes learning new things easier, and therefore, you have a greater propensity for accessing knowledge that you might not be able to do without a consistent exercise routine.

It Can Make You Feel Better About Life

Exercise is the ultimate mood enhancer. When you move, your body produces adrenaline and endorphins. These two chemicals boost your mood and make you feel happy and excited. It’s a natural anti-depressant and a way to feel better about yourself and your life without any sort of invasive treatment. If you’re feeling low, add exercise and watch your life turn around before your very eyes.

Even with these benefits, there are still so many more that can come with consistent activity. They grow every day that you hit the gym or make it a point to move your body on purpose. Don’t lose out on these incredible side effects. Find something that you enjoy, try something new, or stick with an old favorite. But get moving as much as you can and as soon as today!

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