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Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity

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Benefits Continued...
Boosts brain power
Help controlling addiction
Get more done in your day
Builds self - confidence and self esteem
Enjoy activities and have fun doing them
The Benefits of
Exercise and
Physical Activity

Help control addiction
Help in weight management
Reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases
Promotes better sleep
Reduce stress
Boost happy chemicals
by: John Ayoub
The Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity:
On the bright side, exercise can help in addiction recovery.

Short exercise sessions can also effectively distract drug or alcohol addicts, making them de-prioritize cravings.
A cool video about Exercise
and Physical Fitness


Essential Physical Fitness

Take a short walk or jog away if you sit for a long time.




Research shows that workers who take time for exercise on a regular basis are more productive and have more energy than their more sedentary peers
Get more done in your day
Quick Tip
Busy schedules can make it tough to squeeze in a gym session in the middle of the day, some experts believe that midday is the ideal time for a workout due to the body’s circadian rhythms.
Exercise can boost Brain Power
Various studies on mice and men have shown that cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells (aka neurogenesis) and improve overall brain performance.




Studies suggest that a tough workout increases levels of a brain-derived protein (known as BDNF) in the body, believed to help with decision making, higher thinking, and learning
Have Fun and Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Exercise and physical activity can
be a fun way to spend some time.




It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy.
Get rid of any addiction
So why not to exercise after
knowing these benefits!
Weight Management
Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss.
When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories.
The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn.
Diet plays a bigger role with exercise when it comes weight control
Exercise can boost Self-Confidence
On a very basic level, physical
fitness can boost self-esteem
and improve positive self-image.

Regardless of weight, size, gender, or age, exercise can quickly elevate a person's perception of his or her self-worth
Exercise and Learning
Exercise increases the level of brain chemicals called growth factors, which help make new brain cells and establish new connections between brain cells to help us learn.

Interestingly, complicated activities, like playing tennis or taking a dance class, provide the biggest brain boost.
References
(1) Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity. By Mayo Clinic Staff. 2011. Mayoclinic.org. From http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389.

(2) 13 Unexpected Benefits of Exercise. By Sophia Breene. October 7, 2013. From http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/slideshows/7-mind-blowing-benefits-of-exercise/2.

(3) 7 Mind-Blowing Benefits of Exercise. By Deborah Kotz and Angela Haupt. March 7, 2012. From http://greatist.com/fitness/13-awesome-mental-health-benefits-exercise.

(4) The Benefits of Physical Activity. Harvard School of Public Health. 2014. From http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/staying-active-full-story/.


Youtube Video: Essential Physical Fitness: What Every Teen Needs to Know. By Humans Relation Media.

***All pictures and photos came from istock photo.com.
The bottom line on exercise
and Physical Activity
Quick Tip
If you can't do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways by

Taking the stairs instead of the elevator or even walking to a close by place of interest.
Decrease the risk of developing a chronic disease
Examples of Chronic Diseases:




Heart disease (cardiovascular disease)
Cancer
Low back pain
Diabetes and metabolic syndrome
Arthritis and osteoporosis (bones disease)
Better Sleep Quality
Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep?

Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep.

Just don't exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.

Reduce Stress
One of the most common mental benefits of exercise is stress relief.

Exercise also increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress.

So go ahead and get sweaty, working out can reduce stress and boost the body’s ability to deal with existing mental tension.
Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun.

As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.

If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more.
Stress
Get a pedometer and aim for 10, 000 steps a day!
Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you haven't exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, or you have any concerns.

Exercise is not for people who have extra time, it is for everyone wanting to enjoy a better quality of life.
The bottom line continued...
So go ahead and get sweaty.
Working out can reduce stress and boost the body’s ability to deal with existing mental tension.
The brain releases dopamine, the “reward chemical” in response to any form of pleasure, be that exercise, sex, drugs, alcohol, or food.




Unfortunately, some people become addicted to dopamine and dependent on the substances that produce it, like drugs or alcohol.
Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting.

So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new.
Exercise!
Get Rid of Depression Too
Research suggests that burning off 350 calories three times a week through sustained, sweat-inducing activity can reduce symptoms of depression about as effectively as antidepressants.

That may be because exercise appears to stimulate the growth of neurons in certain brain regions damaged by depression.
Complicated activities also improve our capacity to learn by enhancing our attention and concentration skills.
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