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Have You Heard of These Surprising Exercise Benefits?

Many people choose to work out to improve their strength and their physical appearance. Studies have found that regardless of age or fitness level, regular exercise can benefit mental health and have many unexpected benefits.

If you are having a hard time motivating yourself to work out, these surprising benefits might help.

Stress Less

Who doesn’t have stress these days? From balancing a family to trying to meet work deadlines, stress is all around us. The easiest way to combat it is by breaking a sweat. Exercise increases the concentration of norepinephrine. This chemical can moderate your brain’s response to stress.

Fight the Blue Feeling

Exercise releases endorphins which help you feel happier. Exercise has even been found to alleviate the symptoms of those who are clinically depressed. So whether you struggle with depression or just the occasional blue feeling, fight it off quickly with a quick burst of exercise or 30 minute walk.

Boost Self- Image

Having a positive self-image is important for many different reasons. Having more confidence improves your on job performance and even your relationships. A positive self-image also fights self-loathing feelings and negative behaviors. Exercise works to make you look better, but more importantly it helps you feel better about yourself.

Sharper Brain Power

What good is your health if your memory is failing? Exercise helps prevent cognitive decline and sharpen your memory and concentration skills. According to, “Working out, especially between age 25 and 45, boosts the chemicals in the brain that support and prevent degeneration of the hippocampus, an important part of the brain for memory and learning.”

Relieves Addictions

The brain releases the chemical, dopamine, in cases of feeling pleasure or reward. It can be easy to become addicted to this feeling, especially when it is connected to drinking, smoking, or eating. This is why so many individuals become addicted to these bad habits in the first place. Implementing short exercise sessions can distract individuals from their addictions and release dopamine in a healthier way.

Increase Productivity

It may seem counterproductive, but a quick workout first thing in the morning can increase your productivity and creativity at the workplace. Even though you are burning calories, you are firing up your metabolism and brain. This in turn helps you to have more energy and get more done. Try adding regular exercise to your day before heading to the office, and you will be amazed at how much more you get done. Your efforts may get you a smaller waistline and a bigger paycheck.

There are so many benefits to exercising. The hardest thing about exercise is starting. Once you establish a habit, it will be easier for you to stick to your workout routine.

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