Movement is one of the best things you can do for your health! Moving your body increases your heart rate, which improves the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the entire body.
Most of us think of our physique when we start exercising, which does improve when we move. However, there’s more to it than the eye can see. Exercising helps decrease inflammation, fat cells, and frailty; while increasing metabolism, longevity, bone density, and overall well-being.
It’s also a great way to increase energy and reduce food cravings! Next time you get hit with an afternoon slump, try moving around before reaching for an extra cup of coffee.
Movement supports your mental health as well. When you exercise, you release “feel good” endorphins such as serotonin and dopamine. This helps improve your mood and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. It’s also phenomenal for learning and retention!
Dr. John J. Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical school, explains that exercise improves learning on three levels: “First, it optimizes your mind-set to improve alertness, attention, and motivation; second, it prepares and encourages nerve cells to bind to one another, which is the cellular basis for logging in new information; and third, it spurs the development of new nerve cells from stem cells in the hippocampus.” In short, not only does exercise help the brain get ready to learn but it actually makes retaining information easier.
Move in any way shape or form. Whether it’s through yoga, dance, walking, or lifting weights you will reap tremendous benefits!
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