Working Out: More than just losing weight and toning up

What do you think of when you hear the words, “Work Out”? Do you think of losing weight and toning up? Did you know that there are more benefits to working out than just a physical transformation? Here are 7 benefits to working out and why being active is so important to you and your health!  
  1. Just 30 minutes of cardio can help increase “soothing” brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine that help relieve stress and tension. In a 2010 study, stressed-out women who worked out for 45 minutes a day for three days a week had cells that showed fewer signs of again compared to stressed-out inactive women
  2. Work outs that burn at least 350 calories three times a week help fight symptoms of depression. This happens because working out stimulates the growth of neurons that are damaged by depression.
  3. Working out improves learning. The coordination that you use when working out challenges your brain and makes new connections between brain cells, which aid in learning. These new connections can also prevent Alzheimer’s.
  4. Working out builds self-esteem and improves body image. You don’t need to see drastic changes in your body to feel better about running a faster mile, lifting more weight/reps. These small improves reflect positively on your self-esteem and body image.
  5. “Runner’s high” We have all heard of a runners high. If you shift into a high intensity mode, run/bike/swim as fast as you can for 30-40 seconds and then reduce your spend to a gentle pace for 5 minutes and then repeat this 5 times. It’s amazing how great you’ll feel the rest of the day!
  6. Troubles sleeping? If you work out 20-30 minutes 3-4 times a week during the morning or afternoon you can improve the quality of your sleep. Be careful though, working out closer to bedtime will keep you up because you have just energized yourself.
  7. Working out can reduce your risk of many diseases. Working out can reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, colon cancer, breast cancer, stroke, heart attack, and arthritis.
  Whether you are natural skinny, athletic, overweight, or don’t even know where a local gym is located. Get up. Get off the couch. Go for a walk, yoga, lift, run…etc. You will feel better in the end. No one ever said, “Wow! I really regret that workout!”

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