We all know that exercise is good for us – but here are 8 benefits of exercise that you might not have heard.
- Exercise will slow down the speed at which you age.
This has been show through research, which revealed that exercise saves telomeres, those critical end pieces of DNA. Telomeres protect the critical DNA in the strand from damage. The more physically active you are, the more likely that you have longer, healthier telomeres.
- Exercise will preserve your testosterone levels.
And this is helpful whether you are male or female! Having healthy testosterone levels for your gender means better mood, energy and well-being.
- Exercise will reduce hot flashes.
Most females experience some degree of discomfort during the process of menopause. However, research shows that women who had moderate aerobic activity reduced the chances of hot flashes within the following 24 hours. Further, if you exercise and are fit, you get even more benefit from your exercise! So, this is just one strategy to manage menopause naturally.
- Exercise will help keep bowel movements regular.
Constipation happens. However, if you exercise, the motion helps to keep your digestive tract functioning at its best. Even people with chronic constipation can benefit from getting their whole body moving.
- Joint pain is reduced by exercise.
While this seems counter-intuitive, the best way to think about your joints is “move it or lose it”. Keeping your body moving will help to preserve both joint flexibility and the strength of your muscles. The muscles that surround a joint are key parts of the joint’s stability.
- Exercise contributes to a healthy liver.
While it doesn’t seem to have anything to do directly with your liver, exercise has actually been shown to help to decrease liver fat stores, which contributes to healthier liver functioning.
- Exercise helps you to sleep better.
Research shows that older individuals who exercise will actually sleep better. However, don’t exercise too close to your regular bedtime, as exercise can then keep you awake, rather than help you sleep.
- Exercise helps you to think better.
It turns out that exercise improves your hippocampus – which means that you remember better!