August is in full swing. Students are getting ready to head back to school and vacation time is over for a number of career folks. Soon people will be back at their desks, staying still for most of the day. It may be time for you to consider getting some physical activity into your daily routine.
Yes, exercise is a popular means of staying active, but motivation may be hard to come by. But know that exercise benefits more than your body. Your body benefits most noticeably, of course.
Some physical benefits of staying active include:
• Weight control.
• Reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease.
• Strengthens your bones.
• Reduces the risk of some cancers.
• Improves your mental health.
Yet staying active and exercising can also improve your mental health and brain function, which may also have long-term positive effects. Here are some things that may surprise you about the mental benefits of exercise and staying active.
Exercise improves brain growth.
As we age, the birth of new brain cells begins to slow down our brain tissue starts to shrink. Staying active by exercising may reverse this trend. Researchers have found that the improved cardiovascular fitness that comes with increased exercise is associated with fewer age-related changes in the brains of older people.
Fitness Fact: Cardio boosts blood flow to the brain.
Exercise fights depression & anxiety.
People who are diagnosed or struggle with depression may experience increased ability to manage their symptoms.
Exercise has been proven to help lift a person’s mood by increasing the level of endorphins in the body. Exercise produces serotonin and dopamine, which are critical for brain function and effective management of the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Exercise reduces stress.
Along with boosting your mood, exercise and staying active lowers cortisol levels, which helps people think more clearly. Exercise is believed to help generate new nerve cells in an area of the brain that helps to relieve stress. So a little movement to your day can really help you let off the load.
Exercise increases your sensitivity to insulin.
When you eat, your body turns most of your food into glucose, or blood sugar. When your brain cells are flooded by glucose it can affect your memory and thinking process. Consistent exercise can help reverse insulin resistance and stabilize your blood sugar. The better blood-sugar control, the more protected your brain is from memory loss.
Staying active throughout your day- to- day life is crucial for your overall physical and mental health. If you think it may be time to get out there and start moving again, contact us today at Solaris Sports Clubs. Our facilities in Hawthorne, Stamford and Yorktown have everything that you need to continue staying active and staying healthy!