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If you started working out to lose weight, you can add even more to the long list of benefits from exercise. New studies show that exercise makes you smarter, as well as provides many other benefits. Working out in Clifton, Wayne or any other town for that matter, creates a brain that resists shrinkage, which can occur as you age. In another study with mice, they showed the mice that had an exercise wheel and used it, had more cognitive development than those with an enriched, but inactive environment, mice with superfoods or mice with no extra toys or food.
A good night’s rest can be super beneficial to your ability to focus and think. During deep sleep, the brain works on the problems of the day and the body heals itself. Insomniacs find that exercising early in the day can help them sleep better at night.
When stress occurs, the body goes into fight or flight mode. That causes physical changes to prepare you for battle or a fast escape. These changes also can create fuzzy thinking, as well as many other physical problems if allowed to continue. Stress can be anything from a crying baby to a traffic jam on the way back to Clifton. While the fight or flight syndrome was excellent when predators hunted us and still is when we have to do anything that requires us to physically defend ourselves, it’s not of any benefit in a traffic jam. When you exercise, you’re mimicking flight or fighting and that activity burns off the hormones such as cortisol, which is also linked to abdominal fat. Exercise makes you smarter by clearing your thinking, but it can also help you lose weight, too.
Losing weight is a very simple concept. You eat fewer calories than you burn. Actually doing it can be quite difficult, unless you combine a healthy diet with regular exercise. Exercise burns the calories, while a healthy diet lowers the number available. Exercise also has many other benefits from preventing serious diseases to improving self-image.
A program of regular exercise lengthens the telomeres. These protect the chromosomes and prevent cell damage and death. Cell death causes serious conditions, including aging. You’ll slow aging with exercise.
Exercise raises your spirits. Besides burning off stress hormones, it stimulates the body to create endorphins, dopamine and other hormones that make you feel good.
Exercise builds your energy level. The more you exercise, the more energy you have.
Regular exercise builds muscle tissue. Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue does, so it raises your metabolism and helps you lose weight.