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Benefits of Exercise for Healthy Living

It’s officially spring time in the south. The weather is warmer, the skies are blue, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air! Maybe you’ve been waiting for warmer weather to hop on the exercise train. Perhaps you’ve finally finished up a huge project at school or work. Whatever the reason is that you’ve been putting off exercise, it’s time to get up, and get moving!

The benefits of exercise extend far beyond losing weight. It can positively impacts just about every single area of wellness in your life! Read on for several reasons as to why you should start working out today!

10 Reasons You Should Start Exercising Today

1. Increase happiness levels.

Exercise is an easy way to boost levels of happiness. A study done by Penn State University found that people who exercised, not matter the intensity, experienced more pleasant feelings than those who did not work out. This same group of people reported feeling happier on the days they worked out.

What does this mean? That working out can not only make you happier (and healthier) long term, it also serves as a great happiness boost for each day.

2. Reduce risk of heart disease.

In 2013, a thorough review of research studies was conducted. It included 305 trials and more than 339,000 participants. This meta-review found that statistically, there were no detectable differences between people who prevented heart disease with medication, and those who prevented heart disease with exercise.

Even more, patients in the studies who had already suffered a stroke found that physical activity interventions worked better than drug treatment!

3. Improve memory.

Exercising regularly is proven to help improve your memory! Studies have found that aerobic exercise such as running or swimming. Aerobic activity boosts the size of the hippocampus. This is the part of the brain in charge of memory and learning.

Regular exercise is also linked to decreasing the risk of dementia. The next time you’re tempted to sit on the couch and watch just one more episode, keep in mind the power that exercise can have on improving memory!

4. Perform better at work.

Did you know that exercising regularly is linked to increasing productivity at work? Studies found that employees who worked out before work or used their lunch break for exercise felt less stressed. It also found that these same employees felt happier and were more productive on days they exercised.

5. Increase self-confidence.

Feeling down about yourself? Exercise can help! Many scientific studies prove that any type of exercise can help boost a person’s self-confidence. Unfortunately, our society puts insane amounts of pressure on how our bodies look.

This societal pressure can easily cause us to get down on ourselves and our appearances. Studies show that just getting up and exercising can automatically boost our self-confidence and how we feel about ourselves.

Do yourself and your self-esteem a favor and get up and get moving!

6. Live longer.

Research published in 2012, which studied 650,000+ people, found that exercising just 30 minutes 5 days a week can increase a person’s life span by 3.4 years!

It also found that exercising just 10 minutes a day, 7 days a week, can add 1.8 years to your life. The study found this to be true no matter what sort of physical shape the participant was in!

This same study found that being obese and inactive decreased participants’ lifespans by up to 7.2 years.

7. Boost immune system.

Regular exercise is proven to strengthen the immune system against future cancers. It’s also proven to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

While researchers are yet 100 percent sure how exercise boosts the immune system, they have a couple of theories. These theories range from exercise flushing out bacteria from the body, to reducing stress that may increase the risk of illness.

Do some good for your body today and start exercising!

8. Increase strength and flexibility.

The number one type of exercise most adults turn to is cardio. If you’re not working flexibility and strength into your exercise routine, it’s time to start.

Strength training helps improve your muscle strength and muscle mass. This helps keep bones strong. It also helps your body burn more calories throughout the day long after you finish exercising.

Stretching helps increase your body’s flexibility. While this may seem small, it will make performing every day tasks much easier. It also helps blood circulate better to your muscles and may even lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

9. Boost energy.

When you’re feeling exhausted, the temptation to flop down on the couch and turn on Netflix is strong. However, research shows that’s the opposite of what you should do to boost energy. Just heading out for a leisurely walk is proven to help drop fatigue levels and increase energy by up to twenty percent.

10. Sleep better.

Exercise is proven to help people sleep better. It strengthens the body’s circadian rhythms. This helps keep you more awake during the day, and reach deeper, more quality sleep at night. If you don’t reap the benefits of exercise helping you sleep better right from the start, don’t give up. It may take up to four months for those just starting an exercise routine to have a positive effect on sleep.

Healing Hands Chiropractic Can Help

If you’re ready to begin an exercise routine, or have already started one, chiropractic care can help! Chiropractic helps the body heal faster. This equates to shorter recovery times, decreased risk of injury, and better mobility for the body.

Other benefits of chiropractic care for athletes include:

  • Improved sports performance
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved concentration and focus
  • Increased blood flow
  • Fewer injuries
  • Relieves strain placed on the body

Call Healing Hands Chiropractic located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee today to schedule your appointment 615-203-3505 or email [email protected] for more information on how chiropractic care can help you along in your exercise routine.

Healing Hands Chiropractic proudly serves Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Nolensville, Bell Buckle, and all other areas of Middle Tennessee! Come see the best chiropractor in Murfreesboro at Healing Hands Chiropractic!

Call (615) 203-3505 or fill out a form to schedule your appointment today.