With Thanksgiving behind us and our bellies stuffed with turkey, we here at the Swift Life would like to take a look at some of the hidden benefits to gain from exercising. We hope these neat facts will provide a little extra motivation to everyone who is currently trying to work off the extra holiday weight this week.
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Improve your mood:
Exercising releases various chemicals into your brain such as endorphins and serotonin. These chemicals can help you feel happier and more relaxed. By exercising on a consistent basis, you can increase the body’s regulation of these chemicals, and elevate your everyday mood. Beyond the chemical improvements, exercising regularly can boost your self-esteem by helping you feel better about your appearance.
So next time you have a bad day at work, try going for a jog or lifting weights rather than sitting on the couch watching TV.
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A study published in the journal of Mental Health and Physical Activity found that 150 minutes of exercise resulted in a 65% improvement in sleeping quality. Moderate exercise can reduce stress and tire your body, making it easier to fall asleep. Sleeping issues are a widespread problem; in the United States for instance, it is estimated that 35-40% of adults have frequent troubles falling asleep. For those who are currently struggling with sleeping problems, try working out a couple hours before you go to bed and see if exercising can make a difference for you.
Have more Energy:
Regularly exercising can boost your cardiovascular system’s ability to move oxygen and nutrients throughout your body more efficiently. According to researchers from the University of Georgia, exercising can provide a similar level of energy as having a cup of coffee. Maintaining a consistent exercising routine can also help increase your long-term energy levels.
Hopefully, these neat benefits can provide the encouragement you need to help work off any extra pounds gained from Thanksgiving dinner. Hope everyone had a fantastic holiday!