14 Benefit of Exercise

1st Benefit of exercise:

Exercise makes you a happy, confident, and a goal achieving machine

It increases secretion of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin in your brain. 

This will immediately make you feel better about yourself.

You will be more optimistic.

Your capacity to concentrate, and focus on a task goes up.

The time immediately after exercise is a very good time to tackle your most important task.

2nd Benefit of exercise:

Exercise creates BDNF in the brain

Harvard psychiatrist, John J. Ratey, MD, author of Spark, called BDNF (Brain derived neurotrophic factor) as “Miracle-gro for brain”. 

Exercise increases production of BDNF in your brain.

BDNF aids in the growth of new neurons in the brain, and also helps repair old neurons to a healthy state.

Regular exercise will improve your brain both in quality and quantity.

3rd Benefit of exercise:

Exercise physically changes your brain for better

Exercise changes the brain’s anatomy, physiology, and function.

It creates new brain cells in the hippocampus.

This section of the brain is responsible for managing long-term memory.

Exercise also improves the function of your prefrontal cortex.

Prefrontal cortex is responsible for our attention and focus activities.

If you combine the above two effects of exercise on the brain, you will get the super power of setting and achieving goals.

Hippocampus gives you ability for long term memory management.

Prefrontal cortex improves your ability to focus and concentrate.

That is you will be able to plan, set goals and achieve it.

This is indeed a super power. 

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Immediately after exercise you will feel more good about yourself. 

You will feel more optimistic about life.

Exercise also has protective effects on your brain, with regards to many age related ailments. 

Regular exercise makes your hippocampus and prefrontal cortex bigger and stronger.

This is relevant because these two areas are most susceptible to neurodegenerative diseases and cognitive decline with aging.

4th Benefit of exercise:

Exercise improves mood

Exercise secretes more dopamine. 

It also creates more dopamine receptors in your brain’s reward center.

Which will make you easily motivated to anything that you put your focus on.

The more dopamine receptors you have in your brian, the more easily you will be motivated.

You will be more compelled to do the action that gets you the reward.

Along with dopamine secretion of norepinephrine, and serotonin also goes up. 

Lower levels of these three hormones have shown to coincide with bouts of depression.

So higher levels of these hormones have shown to have similar effects as mild antidepressant drugs.

Therefore exercise keeps you happy and feeling good about yourself.

5th Benefit of exercise:

Exercise helps us with stress and anxiety management

Exercise keeps a check on cortisol, the stress hormone in your system.

It has shown to reduce the amount of cortisol in our body.

It therefore gives us the ability to better manage stressful situations.

Morning is a best time to exercise, as it will equip you to better manage the stressful situation during the day.   

6th Benefit of exercise:

Exercise helps with better sleep

Exercise improves the quality of your sleep.

Your sleep will become more restful.

A proper sleep is the best gift you can give to yourself.

Lack of quality sleep has been shown to correlate with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. 

For the brain to work at its optimum capacity we need a good circulation system and physically strong body.

7th Benefit of exercise:

Exercise is good for the heart

The various benefits of regular exercise for your heart are as follows: 

It lowers blood pressure. 

Exercise improves your cardiovascular strength.

A healthy heart is able to pump out more blood with each beat, improving its efficiency. 

It also reduces stress on the heart and its surrounding arteries.  

A stronger heart is able to circulate more blood with each beat.

This increased flow of blood, raises the oxygen levels in the body.

This in turn helps lower the risk of heart diseases such as high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, and heart attack.

Body becomes more efficient at utilising the higher levels of oxygen and nutrients in the blood.

It also lowers the bad LDL cholesterol by as much as ten percent and increases the healthy HDL cholesterol.

Exercise improves VO2 Max

Higher VO2max indicates cardiorespiratory fitness.

Exercise improves your HRV (Heart Rate Variability)

HRV is a health marker, that indicates your cardiovascular health, fitness, and your ability to handle stress. 

Higher HRV enables us to respond more readily to our environment. 

Low HRV has been shown to correlate with inflammation, stress, pain, depression, cancer and low emotional availability. 

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8th Benefit of exercise:

Exercise improves your Heart Rate Variability

HRV measures the balance between the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system.

Higher HRV helps us switch between  the two systems more efficiently, enabling us to respond more readily to our environment.

It indicates our cardiovascular health, fitness, and our ability to handle stress. 

Low HRV has been shown to correlate with inflammation, stress, pain, depression, cancer and low emotional availability. 

9th Benefit of exercise:

Exercise improves of VO2 max

Higher VO2 max is a good indication of cardiorespiratory fitness.

VO2 max measures the amount of oxygen our body consumes during our maximum effort. 

Higher VO2 max indicates higher efficiency in utilization of oxygen by our body.

Higher oxygen utilization improves our muscle performance.

It is a good indicator of our aerobic fitness.

10th Benefit of exercise:

Exercise helps with muscle building and mitochondria creation

Weight training or resistance training, builds muscle.

Bigger muscles will have more mitochondria to burn more energy. 

Improved blood circulation due to exercise brings in more nutrition and oxygen for muscles to grow big.

Your metabolism goes up.

You will feel more physically confident.

Exercise is the single best thing that you can do for yourself.

If there were a drug that could do for human health everything that exercise can, it would likely be the most valuable pharmaceutical ever developed

– Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky

11th Benefit of exercise:

Exercise lowers type 2 diabetes risk

Exercise keeps your heart healthy.

It improves your blood circulation. 

It reduces your weight.

It improves the effectiveness of insulin hormone.

If you are already dibetic type 2 you would be able to better control your blood sugar level.

And I firmly believe proper exercise and proper diet can completely cure type 2 diabetes. 

12th Benefit of exercise:

Exercise improves sex life

Exercise makes you feel good about yourself.

You feel more confident. 

You are stronger.

Your heart is pumping out more blood, you feel alive.

All this together will definitely contribute to improving your sex life.

13th Benefit of exercise:

Exercise makes you look good

Exercise makes you feel good about yourself. 

You feel stronger and confident about yourself.

Clothes fit better on you.

You will have the ability to set goals and achieve it.

All of this will make you love the way you look, which will in turn make others take notice.

14th Benefit of exercise:

Long time benefits of exercise

Exercise increases the amount of dopamine receptors in the reward center of your brain. 

You will become easily motivated, for any task you set your focus on.

You will be able to stay focused on a task for a longer time.

You will be stronger and more muscular.

You will be more confident and will have a positive outlook on life.

Exercise is the single most important action that you can do for yourself.

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