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Exercise and its many benefits

Knowledge is power: don’t focus on weight loss, one of exercise’s many benefits is that it can also make you happy

Shedding a few pounds may be the one of the reasons you decide to start a new workout routine, but there are many physical and mental benefits that have very little to do with the numbers on your scale.

Knowledge is power and the more you know about the advantages of exercise, the more physical activity you're likely to get.

So next time you tie up your sneakers, forget about your calorie burn and focus on some of the reasons below.

Improves memory

Want to improve your memory? Start moving. Studies have shown that regular aerobic exercise such as walking, running or cycling boosts the size of your hippocampus, the area of your brain responsible for verbal memory and learning. Working out for even a short ten-minute period of mild exertion can enhance cognitive benefits.

Reduces pain

If you have lower back pain or another condition that causes chronic pain, exercising has been shown to help reduce the severity as well as improve physical function.

Confidence boost

Completing a tough workout, especially when you'd much rather stay at home, can really boost your confidence. It’s important that you stick to your plan especially when it requires some flexibility, like working out alone if your partner cancels. Nothing beats that post-workout high: you came, you saw, you conquered. Accomplishing a workout is definitely a reason to pat yourself on the back. Be proud!

Gives you a chance to wear something fun

Workout clothes can be loads of fun. You can pick bright colours, fun patterns and comfortable fabric. You probably own lots of sportswear just waiting in a drawer. Take inventory of what you have and see how many new outfit possibilities you can come up with. Challenge yourself to mix colours and patterns. Push the black pants to the back and reach for some colour.

Happy feelings

Say yes to endorphins, chemical signals in the brain that increase feelings of wellbeing. The link between happiness and exercise has been well studied and the results are very positive. Working out not only releases endorphins, but it can also help refocus your energy away from life's stressful situations. One study found that just 20 minutes of exercise can boost your mood from between eight to 12 hours. At lest 30 to 60 minutes of cardio and strength-training three to five days per week is optimal for mood benefits.

Show your body love

Exercise helps you show your body love. Now that your focus is not just on weight loss, you can truly exercise. Realise that you are just being kind to your body by showing it love and respect. You only have one body and it does a lot for you! Why not treat it the best way possible?

Get creative and explore the avenues that work best for you and your life and B-Active For Life!

Betty Doyling is a certified fitness trainer and figure competitor with more than a decade of experience. Look for B. ActiveForLife on Facebook

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Published March 08, 2023 at 7:59 am (Updated March 08, 2023 at 7:31 am)

Exercise and its many benefits

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