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The Effects of Exercise on the Body

We live in a fast paced world where stress causes health issues for a growing number of people.  In this blog post we take a look at the effects of exercise on the body and how doing it regularly can help you live a generally healthier, more energetic lifestyle.

Research showed that people who exercise regularly reported the following benefits they experienced:

  • Clearer Skin
  • Improved Sleep
  • Improved mood
  • Improved sexual function
  • More energy for daily activities

When you exercise regularly, the following areas of your body reap benefits:

  • Muscles – Your muscles are responsible for moving your body.  Exercise causes tiny tears to appear in your muscles, this cause them to grow back bigger and stronger.  The more you move and exercise your body, the stronger your muscles will become.
  • Lungs – when you exercise, your muscles need more oxygen in order to function properly.  This causes your breathing rate to increase in an attempt to compensate for the increased oxygen need.  During regular exercise, your lungs work harder regularly and start finding ways of working more efficiently in order to provide your muscles with the extra oxygen they need in order to function properly.
  • Heart – Your heart rate increases with physical activity to supply more oxygenated blood to your muscles.  The more you exercise, the more your heart rate increases, meaning that your heart grows stronger and more efficient as you get fitter over time.  The fitter you become, the lower your passive heart rate becomes, meaning that your heart does not have to work as hard all the time, because it learned how to function more efficiently.
  • Brain – Research showed that exercise and the associated increased blood flow lead to increased brain activity, this helps the brain to grow and repair itself.  A number of neurotransmitters like endorphins, serotonin, dopamine and glutamate are triggered during exercise, many of these are well-known for their role in mood control.
  • Joints and bones – regular exercise places more strain on your joints, this helps you to maintain a healthy bone mass as you get older.

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