Living a healthy lifestyle results in substantial physical changes but it can also come with a litany of changes other people can't see. Whether it is your mental health or chronic pain, a good routine can make a huge difference in your overall well-being. Here are 5 benefits of fitness besides losing weight and gaining muscle as proven by science.
- Exercise Can Treat Depression- A number of studies have shown that an exercise routine can be even more effective than antidepressants. Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemical, making you happier after a work out. Walking as little as 35 minutes a day, 5 times a week has been shown to help treat depression.
- Fight the Common Cold with Exercise- Working out is one way to naturally boost your immune system. In conjunction with a balanced diet, ensuring you get your necessary micronutrients, and an active fitness regimen you will report less colds and flus throughout the year and can get over them faster.
- Reduce Stress with A Stretch- The body and mind are more related than some might think. If the mind is under stress, then the body starts to feel it too. Stress can lead to high blood pressure, high sugar levels, and disrupted sleep. Amazingly, a mere five minutes of aerobic exercise can help someone better cope with daily anxieties.
- Get Rid of Chronic Pain- Chronic pain can make it seem like exercise is impossible. Often it puts people into a cycle of inactivity that can be hard to break. Aerobic exercise and stretching are simple steps people can take to eliminate chronic pain.
- Go for a Run Before You Make Art- Exercise has been proven to make you a more creative person. People become significantly more creative during and after working out. So the next time you feel the need to paint or want to finish your book, take a jog beforehand.
Just keep in mind the next time you’re feeling demotivated during your workout: you will feel the fruits of your labor both inside and out. So just keep working for that runner’s high and to fight off that case of the Monday’s.
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