Benefits of Exercise

There are many benefits of exercise on both the mind and body. Yet, as a society we often focus purely on the physical. This post aims to highlight some of the lesser known benefits that exercise can bring us.

1. Exercise is great for your brain

Studies show exercise has a positive effect on our brains; reducing symptoms of depression, improving memory and aiding quicker learning. Studies also show it can help delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

2. Exercise Improves mood

Exercise triggers the release of numerous chemicals in the brain (serotonin, norepinephrine, endorphins, dopamine) all of which dull pain, lighten mood and relieve stress; proving the power of exercise to positively affect our psychological and emotional states. Simply put, exercise makes us feel good!

3. exercise will make You live longer

Exercise has been shown to lengthen lifespan by as much as five years. Add to this the maintenance of healthy bones, joints and musculature and it can make old age significantly easier and delay and reduce the onset of any limitations in movement. 

4. exercise can make your skin look better

Exercise increases the blood flow in our body and in turn to the skin, delivering oxygen and nutrients that improve the skin and even help wounds heal faster. Though perhaps not when you're covered in sweat unless that shiny glean is the look you're going for.

5. exercise can aid Recovery from major illness

Exercise, even just regular walking that gets the heart rate up can help improve and manage chronic illness or disease. Contrary to past advice from health professionals which often advised people suffering from certain conditions to avoid exercise, it seems there is beginning to be a shift in the prescription of exercise to help manage illness. If we add this to the other positive effects on mood and mental state mentioned above, we begin to see how exercise can be a powerful tool.

6. exercise Improves our ability to perform daily tasks and prevent falls

Functional limitation is a loss of ability to do everyday activities, if you are physically active and maintain this as you get older you significantly reduce your chances of experiencing limitations. Thus, allowing for more freedom and independence, less pain and difficulty and a reduction in the chance of injury as you get older.

7. exercise Keeps your muscles, joints and bones strong

Regular exercise can help prevent bone loss and as we age it can help prevent injury and osteoporosis. Engaging in regular exercise also lowers the risk of lower back pain, a very common and often chronic symptom. By maintaining a regular exercise regime, we can help combat and prevent potential injury and deterioration of body.

8. exercise Reduces stress

Deserving of another mention and a section its own. Exercise can alleviate stress levels and improve mood as well as improving concentration levels and our ability to focus. Exercise can also improve our ability to deal with mental tension. 

9. exercise can Improve self confidence

Exercise can help to improve self-esteem and self-image. Taking control of our exercise, tracking our progression and change can be very empowering.

There are numerous benefits to maintaining an active lifestyle which extend far beyond just the physical, all of which enforce the idea that it is important that exercise forms a part of our lifestyle throughout our lives. So whether it's a walk, some housework, participation in a sport or a hiit circuit, we should aim to incorporate some form of exercise into our lives several times a week, ideally a mix of resistance training and cardiovascular work.

Were you surprised by any of these benefits? Are there anymore you would add?

Let us know!

The Springhealth Team