10. It reduces stress and anxiety.
Science says that working out is one of the fastest ways to clear cortisol, the stress hormone, out of your system and calm a frantic mind.
9. It makes you smarter.
A meta-analysis of the effects of exercise on the brain found that fitness improves memory, boosts cognition, helps you learn faster, increases brain volume, and even makes you a better reader. In addition, recent studies have found that working out helps prevent the cognitive decline as we age and diseases like Alzheimer’s.
8. It reduces cravings for bad food.
Researchers found that starting the day with a protein-rich meal for breakfast helped reduce cravings for junk food later on in the day.
7. It wipes out allergies.
Researchers in Thailand reported that running for 30 minutes can reduce sneezing, itching, congestion, and runny nose by up to 90 percent.
6. It boosts creativity.
A recent study found that walking improved both convergent and divergent thinking, the two types associated with enhanced creativity.
5. It makes you happier.
Dopamine, a chemical that plays a role in happiness, is a neurotransmitter in the brain that’s necessary for feelings of pleasure and happiness. The best way to increase your brain’s dopamine production? Exercise.
4. It revs up your fertility.
A meta-analysis looking at nearly 27,000 women found that those who worked out had lower rates overall of infertility, higher rates of implantation, and lower rates of miscarriage. One caveat: Women who exercised too strenuously or too much impaired their fertility, so it’s all about balance.
3. It delivers clearer skin.
Any increase to the body’s circulation will improve the look of the skin, as well as boost detoxification and cell renewal. For people with a lot of redness in their skin tone, or who have Rosacea, aerobic (cardio) activity can exacerbate the condition as blood flow is increased. Be sure to work out without make up on, and thoroughly cleanse you skin after a workout as toxins from sweat and oil increase when we exercise. Keep some skin purifying wipes in your gym bag!
2. It helps you sleep like a baby.
In a meta-analysis that looked at dozens of sleep studies, researchers found that people who exercised regularly had less incidence of insomnia and a higher quality of sleep.
1. It reduces the risk of a plethora of diseases.
Cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease risk is lowered all thanks to a regular exercise routine. Need we say more?