You already know that regular exercise can keep off the unwanted weight while promoting a healthy heart, but did you know that exercise has a positive impact on nearly every organ in the body? Following are 8 benefits of exercise that are often overlooked.
1. Improves Cognitive Functioning – Contrary to popular belief, exercising is not just beneficial for your physical body. Research indicates that healthy active adults will outperform adults who do not regularly exercise in cognitive testing. One of the mental improvements that come along with exercising is in your hippocampus. This is the part of your brain that controls your memories.
2. Improve the Quality of Sleep – Stanford University ran a study that determined that people who often exercised had a better quality and quantity of sleep. Healthy active adults would fall asleep faster, and sleep longer. While exercising is good for improving sleep, try not to wait to exercise before you go to bed. Heavy activity will cause put your body in a state of high alert, which is horrible for sleep.
3. Strengthens Your Liver – A shocking study found that about 30% of Americans have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. The study also noted that those who stuck to a regulated exercise program for 8 weeks had a 13% reduction in their liver fat.
4. Eases Pesky Joint Pain – It is another myth that if you have joint pain you should avoid exercising. In most cases this is very far from the truth. Exercising properly will actually aid in improving poorly functioning joints. While exercising with joint pain can be painful at times, in the weeks to come you will notice overall joint improvement. Just try not to push too hard because this can lead to more damage to your joints.
5. Help Improve Bathroom Habits – Many people who have chronic constipation have found that exercising frequently will often improve their digestive scheduling. Exercise causes your intestinal muscles to tighten and squeeze, which helps move food along its process.
6. Decrease Hot Flashes – Many women feel that exercising is a cause of their hot flashes. Studies have indicated that this also is another myth about exercising. A study from Pennsylvania State University shows that women who frequently exercised were less likely to have hot flashes within 24 hours of the activity. The study also shown that women who were not as frequent with their exercise received less of a hot flash prevention than those who made it a habit to exercise.
7. Naturally Boost Testosterone Levels – While many people are plagued with a decrease in testosterone, the solution to the problem is easier than you think. Testosterone is naturally produced by the body whenever it is in intensive actions. This boost if regular will help increase the overall levels improving energy, mood, and vitality of the person.
8. Slows the Process of Aging – The Fountain of Youth may not be real, but exercising regularly is the next best thing to it. Telomeres is one of the chromosomes linked to aging. Exercising helps protect and length these chromosomes, which can in turn help to slow down the aging process.