According to the American Heart Association, adults must exercise thirty minutes a day and five times a week it is the actual recommended amount of exercise. Nearly 80% of adults Americans don’t meet this recommendation which can potentially set themselves up for years of health problems. Every single one of us has 168 hours in a week and you will only need two and half hours out of your week to live a better life, a healthier life. These are all the benefits that come with exercise. Exercise may boost your brain functions, in a sense it makes you smarter, it improves your mental as well as emotional health. Last thing, it can make you confident inside and out. One of the core habits practised by the most successful people is exercising. Charles Duhigg in his book, talks about what are known as Keystone habits, these are the habits that if practiced developed and applied influence change in every aspect of our lives. Exercising develops a self-discipline.
We all know that physical benefits of exercise, you look better, you lose weight, you become lean, you gain muscle and generally you become fit. These changes can be found easily. However, the benefits of exercising are not strong in appearance. Most people exercise will observe that they are happier, more motivated and less depressed. This is why exercise has been described as the miracle drug and has been recommended as a treatment for depression, insomnia, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease among others. The reason for this is that the body naturally produces hormones while exercising and these are serotonin, endorphins and a protein known as Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF). Each of these hormones in their own way helps reduce stress levels, lifts someone’s mood, aids in better sleep, improves learning and also leads to increase confidence.
When you start exercising especially for the first time or after a long break, you’ll feel more alert and energized. Because increase in your heart rate means a boost in overall flow and oxygen to the brain. The Brain cells delivers a special cell called Dopamine. If you’ve ever felt tired or lazy and don’t feel active, that’s because you are experiencing a dopamine deficit. Dopamine is responsible for our motivation and attention, it is also responsible for the feeling of satisfaction when we accomplish something. If you have Dopamine deficit, you will not be able to do the things with a charm . But whenever you exercise you directly increase the amount of dopamine in your blood, and instead of feeling tired, worn out you suddenly feel motivated and energized.
The physical effects of exercise may not be observed within a few weeks of working out, chances are even after a month of working out, there will be little visible results. However, throughout the period of time you are working out and exercising, biological changes take place whether you can see them or not. Exercise doesn’t cause weight loss, it causes muscle gain. If you want a healthier and long life, exercise daily at least for 30 minutes a day.