December 30, 2016
We all have various reasons that we choose to exercise. Some of us go to classes, hit the gym or pound the pavement to improve cardiovascular health, build muscle mass or improve our physique, but that’s not where the benefits of exercise end.
Check out our favourite fitness facts and discover how getting moving can benefit your lifestyle, productivity, mental health and overall wellbeing…
Feeling unproductive at work? Studies show that employees who take time for exercise on a regular basis are more productive than their more sedentary co-workers. While hectic schedules can make it tough to squeeze in exercise, some experts believe that midday is the ideal time for a workout due to the body’s natural physical circadian rhythms.
Exercise boosts memory function and the ability to learn. Getting sweaty increases production of cells in the brain responsible for memory and learning.
Have you ever noticed how well you sleep after an exercise session? It has been proven that for some individuals, a moderate workout can act as the equivalent of a sleeping pill – without the obvious negative side effects. Physical activity raises the body’s core temperature and when the body temp drops back to normal a few hours later, it alerts the body that it’s time to sleep. So plan your workout effectively for a blissful bedtime.
One for the men… Males who exercise regularly are at a 30% lower risk of experiencing erectile dysfunction than those who do not.
As we age, our brains age with us, which for some can mean the onset of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Brain cells are damaged or killed, losing important brain functions. While exercise and a clean diet cannot cure Alzheimer’s, they can protect against cognitive decline. Working out, especially between age 25 and 45, boosts the chemicals in the brain that support and prevent degeneration of the hippocampus, a key part of the brain for memory.
If you suffer from bouts of depression, studies show you can lessen your symptoms up to 50% through heart-pumping, aerobic exercise. Working off negative energy, aerobic stimulation aids in regulating cognitive abilities and emotions.
Exercise and lean body mass boosts your metabolism. Muscle needs more calories to be sustained than fat does, therefore the more muscle mass you have the more calories you need to eat, i.e. higher metabolism. Win win!
Get well – fast! Regular physical activity speeds up the healing process from illness, injury and surgery. The increased amount of oxygen received through the lungs during exercise is then delivered via the blood to the entire body, promoting increased cell repair and re-growth, as well as helping us breathe better and deeper.