10 Reasons To Get Active Today (Hint…It’s NOT Weight Loss)
1.It Releases The Fountain Of Youth Hormone
When you perform a HIIT routine (High Intensity Interval Training), a hormone that’s released is human growth hormone — also called the “Fountain of youth hormone.” Kids release ample amounts of it, but as you age, become less active, and sleep less, your human growth hormone levels decrease. But, when you do HIIT training, your body uses this fountain of youth hormone to turn fat into fuel.
2. It Strengthens Your Heart
Physical activity, particularly a balance of cardio, strength training and yoga, helps keep your heart muscles working at its most optimum level. In fact, 70% of American’s don’t get the physical activity that they need. The Mayo Clinic says it best: “People who are inactive tend to have high heart rates. The higher your heart rate, the harder your heart must work with each contraction and the stronger the force on your arteries. Lack of physical activity also increases the risk of being overweight.”
3. It Lowers Your Blood Pressure
Cardiovascular activity temporarily increases your heart rate, helping you to burn calories and protect the health of your heart. And there’s more: a daily walk can do more to lower your blood pressure than blood pressure medications can. Since walking increases and maintains a steady arterial pressure during the exercise, it’s an excellent way to keep your circulation (and the rest of your system) in good working order.
4. It Improves Memory
Exercise stimulates blood flow throughout your body. That’s especially good for your brain, because the increased circulation signals the release of a brain chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor – or BDNF for short. BDNF starts the process for new neurons to be formed in the area of the brain involved in memory, learning and decision-making. It also repairs brain cell damage and makes the connections between brain cells stronger.
5. It Increases Your Healthspan
The goal in life is to lengthen your helathspan…the period of energy and youthfulness…to lengthen that feeling of being in your prime that you have in your middle age, which technically is about 40 to 65. So, you’re living without a list of chronic diseases. You’re not taking medications. This is entirely possible, and the cool part is that it’s never too late. How? Exercise. – Find out more about how to slow down aging in my interview with Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD.
6. It Makes You Happier
Studies prove that exercise produces brain chemicals known to have anti-depressant effects called beta-endorphins. Those beta-endorphins act as natural pain relievers, fight stress levels, and wash all over your body when you exercise, creating that delicious “high” that you feel. Tony Robbins has a great quote: “Your physiology affects your psychology.” Simply put: change your body, and you’ll change your mind.
7. It Improves Insulin Sensitivity
Muscle mass correlates with improved insulin sensitivity. This means you have better glucose control so you can handle carbohydrates better throughout the day and reduce your risk for diabetes. Plus, strength training increases the amount of muscle fibers in your body so you can more easily manage your blood sugar levels.
8. It Produces White Blood Cells
The body responds to aerobic workouts by producing additional white blood cells – your strongest form of defense, helping to prevent a range of illnesses from the common cold to more serious health concerns, including tumors and viruses. As long as you exercise moderately, it could increase your body’s ability to fight off viral and bacterial infections.
9. It Helps You De-Stress
When you exercise, your brain is bathed in dopamine and serotonin, chemicals that improve mood and actually help you de-stress and relax. I’ve always found that cardio lifts my spirits, resistance training boosts my mood and sense of well-being, and yoga, of course (the ultimate de-stresser) makes me calm and centered.
10. It Protects Your Bones
Bone tissue is living, and when you exercise it, you strengthen it, which helps prevent osteoporosis. In your 30’s, bone mass generally reaches its maximum level of growth. Then, in your 40’s, it starts to decline and your bone mass starts gradually decreasing. Strength training saves the day because it maintains and can even increase your bone mass as you age.
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