We are encouraged to take care of our bodies from when we are very young. What exactly does this mean? Typically, we are told to exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, and eat all the right foods. The biggest motivator, it seems, is so that we do not let ourselves gain weight.
Maintaining a healthy weight is important, no doubt about that. There are, however, other reasons to take care of the body. Exercise has many other benefits besides being an aid in weight loss. For example, a Finland research study showed that people who cycle (a form of exercise) for more than 30 minutes each day had a 40% less chance of developing diabetes. Whether you are taking yoga classes, indoor cycling classes, or just loving spending time at the local gyms, you are doing your body good. Here are three other benefits of exercise that do not have anything to do with losing weight.
People working out at gyms across the nation are experiencing lower levels of stress than those who do not exercise. How, you ask? Exercising releases endorphins, as well as hormones like serotonin and norepinephrine. These all reduce the feeling of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Believe it or not, exercising regularly actually helps reduce pain. Several studies, according to Health Line, have shown that patients who experience chronic pain saw relief when they stopped remaining inactive and started exercising regularly. Many workouts that focus on strength, endurance, and flexibility can alleviate symptoms related to chronic pain issues.
Relaxation and Sleep
When you exercise, you tire yourself out. Recuperative sleep is very common in those who exercise on a regular basis. Health Line also states that your body temperature increases while you’re working out, which helps improve the quality of sleep because your body brings the temperature down during sleep, leading to great relaxation.
If you had a New Year’s Resolution to work out more, now is the time to get at it. Not only will you lose weight, but you will sleep better, have less pain, and be able to manage your stress like a champ.