Exercise does wonders for how you look and feel but that’s not all it’s good for. Here are 10 more ways it can improve your mind, body and your sex life.
1. Improve your memory
Exercising regularly keeps your brain sharp. Not only is your brain getting more energy and oxygen, it also reduces the risk for disorders like memory loss. Many studies have shown that exercise can boost your memory power and help you to learn better. Aerobic exercise is particularly good for the brain, so choose activities that keep your blood pumping.
2. Sleep better
If you ever have trouble falling asleep at night, the National Sleep Foundation says that regular exercise can help you sleep better. The best time to work out is in the morning or the afternoon, but don’t do it when you’re about to sleep — if you exercise too closely to bedtime, it’ll disrupt your sleep schedule. Instead of having a good night sleep, you’ll be wide awake throughout the night.
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3. Get more energy
Surprise, surprise! Doing regular exercise can actually make you feel more energised throughout the day. In fact, studies found that exercising in the middle of the day can leave you feeling more energetic and productive. If you find yourself yawning in the office, time to get off your desk and take a walk outside.
4. Have better sex
Want to improve your performance in bed? Then it’s time for you and hubby to get a little sweaty. Doing physical workout like jogging can increase blood flow, which can make sex more pleasurable because of the increased blood flow to the genital area. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction as compared to men who doesn’t workout.
5. Stay healthy
Recent studies found that people who exercise regularly are less likely to fall sick than people who didn’t and that’s because exercise helps bolster your immune system to fight off viruses and bacteria. In fact, running for 30 minutes can reduce sneezing, itching, congestion and runny nose by up to 90 per cent. Time to lace up your running shoes and hit the track.
6. Live longer
It’s no secret that healthy living can extend your life span, but you’ll be surprised at how much. Research has shown that you can add up to seven years to your life by exercising a minimum of 150 minutes a week (that’s just three days of working out for 50 minutes), regardless of what you weigh. Are you motivated enough to hit the gym yet?
7. Improve your mood
Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals like endorphins that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
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