5 Immediate Benefits of Exercise

By on August 3, 2015

We all wish we can exercise daily, but only a few of us do. We either lack the time or the inclination. However, if we know some of the following immediate benefits of exercise, we would certainly work out more often:

Burns unnecessary calories: Regular exercise helps to burn all the extra calories that we eat with our modern day diet. As simple as walking 4 miles a day 4 times a week can burn around 1600 calories, this is almost equal to two big meals. In the long run, it will help you lose weight and keep your body toned.

Helps with the mood: Studies show that exercise helps with our mind as well. Exercise releases hormones called endorphins in our brain. Endorphins are the chemicals responsible for happiness. As a result, exercise causes an elevation of our mood and we immediately feel cheery. This effect of exercise can be beneficial to those who are suffering from depression by improving their symptoms. A recent National Health and Nutrition survey showed that people who exercise regularly are half less likely to suffer from depression.

Calms your mind: Although exercise exhausts your body, it has a soothing effect on your mind, due to the release of another hormone called serotonin. It relieves the mental and emotional stress that we go through, in our fast paced life.

Helps with sleep: Exercise helps with disturbed sleep cycle. You can fall asleep in less time and the sleep itself is deeper and more refreshing, with less night-time interruptions.

Boosts your mental power: Exercise helps with brain activity. It increases the blood flow to your brain; as a result, you can concentrate better and think quicker.

Lastly, you must remember to have fun when you exercise. With all the above benefits, it can be the best way to start your day.