Typically when people start on their fitness journeys, weight loss is their main motivator. But the benefits of regular exercise go far beyond fitting into that dress or pair of pants again. As a matter of fact, some of the most impactful benefits of exercise have nothing to do with the scale at all!
From reducing stress, depression, and anxiety to improving sleep quality, exercise is a lot more powerful than we give it credit for. So, the next time you’re feeling frustrated with a lack of “physical” results, remind yourselves of these 5 surprising benefits of exercise:
Reduction in Stress, Depression, and Anxiety: Countless studies have proven the efficacy of exercise on reducing stress, depression, and anxiety. Whether you’re walking, running, cycling, swimming, hiking, or lifting weights. You are triggering the release of endorphins and neurotransmitters that improve your mood and calm your nerves.
Decreased Risk of Alzheimers: Exercise improves blood flow to the brain aiding in the release of the protein BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor). BDNF stimulates the growth of new neurons, and can protect brain cells from degradation. Remaining physically active as you age is one of the most effective ways to prevent or delay the onset of alzheimer’s disease.
Improved Immunity: Exercising 3x/week has been associated with decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers…enough Said!
Good things happen fast: In as little as 20 minutes 3-5x a week, you can experience all of the amazing health benefits of exercise. Specific goals may require more training, but if health and longevity are your main objectives it doesn’t take long!
Improved sleep quality: Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Sleep disturbances can wreak havoc on our productivity, mood, and body composition. Ditch the sleeping pills and hit the gym.
If you’re solely relying on the scale to be your main motivator for exercise, what happens if you get stuck? Will you lose motivation? Maybe stop going to the gym?
The Inbody results aren’t the defining factor for your wellbeing. Don’t lose sight of the big picture.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.