Moll’s Summer Health Challenge: Exercise Does A Body (And Mind) Good

07.13.15

Let me tell you, since starting my summer fitness challenge, I have never been so tired…nor have I ever felt so good. I’m feeling more flexible, my endurance has improved, my skin is glowing, my clothes are fitting a little looser, and my energy is just soaring! That’s the thing about exercise, while you have to set aside some time to commit to it; it pays you back in spades! And, it’s not just your body that experiences the rewards. Read on, and you’ll feel as inspired as I feel!

Forever Young. No, exercise will not make you forever young, unfortunately; but it can both slow down the aging process, and make you feel like a kid again. How? Exercise can actually help prevent brain cell loss! Studies have shown that regular exercise boosts brain chemicals that can help boost memory and learning. And, instead of thinking of exercise as a chore, choose activities that are fun and challenging to you, just like you would have chosen when you were a kid. Whether it be an aqua aerobics class, jumping on the kids’ trampoline, or even trying out a trapeze class (!!), anything that revs up your engine, will rev up your desire to exercise.

No more moody blues. Feeling a little down, stressed out, or maybe even a little short-tempered? Take it from me – and countless doctors out there: exercise can help take those blues (and reds) away! A workout at the gym will stimulate brain chemicals, leaving you feeling more relaxed, and even more blissful. Some people even claim that they sense a “runner’s high”, or a sense of euphoria after working out. And, you don’t even have to hit the gym. You can release those same endorphins by just taking a quickly paced 30-minute walk. Studies actually have shown that exercise can reduce or even completely alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.

It might sound counterproductive…but, expending the energy that is released during exercise, will actually give you more energy. I’m seeing this for myself! Rigorous exercise shoots oxygen and nutrients into your body’s tissues, and will help keep your cardiovascular system pumping, even when you’re not pumping iron. The best part-when your heart and lungs are working at capacity, you can live up to your best capacity!

Let exercise be your muse. Studies show that a heart-pounding workout can up your creativity quotient for up to two hours, following a workout. Some of my best ideas have come to me while working out…even some of these blogs! And, to really rev up your creativity, take your workout outdoors!

The quickest way to feel confident and sexy. Not only will exercise make you look sexier, but it can make you feel sexier, too. Regular exercise can help you feel more confident and empowered, while also leading to a higher state of arousal for women, and sustenance for men. So, really, it’s a win-win, no?

Rest easy. If you have a hard time falling asleep, adding exercise can help you drift off to dreamland much faster, while also promoting more restful, sound sleep. Just try to exercise earlier in the day, because all of those endorphins I talked about earlier can keep you up at night.

 

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