“Get more exercise!” is a phrase you’ll hear from a lot of people who care about you, particularly healthcare professionals like physicians and even mental health counselors. You have probably heard this phrase as often as “eat your veggies” or “get more sleep;” but what many people aren’t aware of is that regular physical activity provides many ways of keeping fit. Here are our top 7 favorite benefits.

Weight loss

This is the most common reason people exercise. To counteract our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, exercise provides a means to burn calories. The more you exercise, the more calories you burn, and in turn, the more weight you can lose if you couple this with a healthy diet.

Improves your mood

When feeling stressed or anxious, exercise can serve as the perfect remedy. Physical activity releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin in the brain that literally lift your mood. Exercise has even been proven to help relieve symptoms of depression and is commonly suggested as a way to handle depressive episodes by psychologists.

Better Skin

Taking on an active lifestyle, and in turn drinking more water, means more blood flow throughout the body. Increased blood flow means your skin receives better access to nutrients and oxygen, leading to clearer skin.

Helps you sleep

Having trouble falling asleep? Exercise has been shown to work more effectively than a sleeping pill in some cases. Exercise raises the body’s core temperature, so when it finally cools back down, the brain sends signals that it’s time to go to sleep.

Good for your brain

Physical activity may not seem like it would help your mind at all, but in fact it does have an impact. Exercising, and the interaction with nature that comes with it, can clear the mind and promote creativity. Not only that, it’s been shown that exercise encourages brain cell production, memory, and relaxation. As you focus on a series of repeated motions, exercise also increases your attention span.

Good for your bones

What happens to a car when it’s not in use for a while? It breaks down. The same goes for the mechanics of the body. Not only can exercise alleviate joint and arthritis pain, but can prevent ailments like osteoporosis, risk of bone fracture, and bone-thinning.

It’s fun

Taking time out of your daily schedule to exercise is not only crucial for your health, it can also be enjoyable. Exercising at a gym is a great way to meet new people and bond over shared health goals. By running around your neighborhood it also becomes a means to interact with your neighbors and engage with nature. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore, it can be a cool new hobby.

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