5 Surprising Benefits Of Health & Wellness

5 Surprising Benefits Of Health & Wellness
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There are many lesser known, yet equally significant health benefits gleaned from working up a sweat

According to TIME cover story ‘The Exercise Cure,’ only 20% of Americans get the recommended 150 minutes of strength training and cardiovascular activity per week; and more than half of all baby boomers report doing no exercise whatsoever.

Regardless of age or fitness level, whether you’re a mall walker or a marathoner, the benefits of exercise are far reaching—far better than any pill can provide. Virtually anyone can benefit from working out; leading you to enjoying a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

While you are likely familiar with the most common advantages associated with regular exercise such as strong bones, lean muscle mass and increased metabolism, you may be surprised to learn there are many lesser known, yet equally significant health improvements gleaned from working up a sweat.

These five surprising benefits of health and wellness are among the many compelling reasons to get inspired, to get moving and to stay moving.

#1. Fewer Wrinkles

Who doesn’t want to look younger? As you age the texture of your skin changes; it naturally loses its youthful layer of fat and sooner or later you will begin to experience sagging, wrinkling and crow’s feet. According to some surprising research, the effects of working up a sweat not only appears to keep the skin younger, it may also even reverse skin aging in people who start exercising later in life.

Aerobic exercise increases blood flow and circulation to your skin. Delivering oxygen and vital nutrients, it improves overall skin health and promotes the healing of wounds. Train long enough and you’ll add more blood vessels and tiny capillaries to the skin too.

Resistance training will help you tone your skin in much the same way you tone your muscles. Increasing the lean muscle mass that lies just beneath the surface of the skin is what makes it appear more lifted and taught looking.

If you’re spending money on the latest wrinkle cream, you may want to reconsider and redirect your money to a gym membership instead.

#2. Slows Down Aging

Troublesome, but true, as we age our brains become muddled and begin to shrink in size; losing important functions in the process. Studies suggest that physical exercise may be more important than mental exercise with regard to staying mentally sharp in your golden years.

Researchers agree, that those who exercised the most had the largest brains, compared to those who were the least active; suggesting regular exercise in old age could protect the brain from age-related decline, effectively stopping aging in its tracks. Adults who exercised regularly, including taking walks, working with light weights and aerobic training, had fewer ‘senior moments’ and improved memory than those who were more sedentary.

Incorporate exercise into your daily routine and let it be your personal fountain of youth.

#3. Better Sex

If better overall health and fitness isn’t enough to get you up and moving at your local gym, maybe better sex will be. Experts agree that sex is an intense physical activity requiring strength and endurance. As your strength and endurance increases you are open to the possibility of more varied sexual positions that require greater physical control.

Exercise boosts endorphins, improving body image, increasing confidence and intensifying pleasure. In fact, studies have shown that women who frequently exercise become aroused more quickly and are able to reach an orgasm faster and more intensely.

Erectile dysfunction is often caused by circulatory problems. Because regular exercise helps to keep the heart and arteries healthy you can reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction. Researchers looked at men over the age of 50 and found that those who were physically active reported better erections and a 30% lower risk of impotence than men who were inactive.

A considerable part of sex is simply feeling sexy. Being comfortable in your own skin will lead you to better and more enjoyable sex.

#4. Quality Sleep

If you consistently struggle with chronic insomnia and don’t currently exercise, it’s time for you to begin. For a country plagued by insomnia, a moderate workout can be the equivalent of a sleeping pill.

Studies show that people suffering from insomnia who add exercise to their routines fall asleep faster, sleep longer, and report higher quality of sleep than those who are less active. However, the process is more gradual than the sleep-deprived might hope for; the key is to be patient as the effects may not appear for several weeks.

Making time for a workout during the day could be the key to a better night’s sleep. If you’re already exercising and still sleeping poorly don’t give up, quality sleep is on the way.

#5. Improved Brainpower

Want to boost brainpower? Sharpen memory? Tap into creativity? Get active. Believe it or not, when it comes to improving your capacity to learn, nothing beats exercise; it’s benefits to the brain are well documented.  Studies have shown that exercise can help create new brain cells and improve overall brain performance by boosting the level of a brain protein that is believed to contribute to decision-making, problem solving and learning.

Our culture tends to treat the mind and body as separate entities. On the contrary; physical activity is critical to the way we think, act and feel. Your brain will respond to exercise like your muscles do, growing with use and withering away with inactivity.

Exercise isn’t going to turn you into Einstein, but it’s important to get your brain in high gear. If you move your body, even one small step at a time, your brain won’t have a choice but to follow along.

Get Fit

While it can be difficult to find time in your busy schedule to fit in yet another thing to do, how can you afford not to? I know it’s not always easy to get motivated, your back hurts and you’ve had a long day. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Do something, start somewhere!

Begin your journey and start to experience the surprising benefits of health and wellness. Let exercise be your medicine, there is nothing better for your body.

Judy Molinaro is a wellness coach and master yoga instructor. To learn more about creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself, contact her at judy@judymolinaro.com, call 386-871-0582 or follow her on Facebook.

This article was originally published at Fit You Wellness Solutions. Reprinted with permission from the author.