This Is What REALLY Happens As You Start Exercising (Animated)

This Is What REALLY Happens As You Start Exercising (Animated)


Have you ever wondered what happens to
your body when you start exercising? The changes to your body physique, muscles,
the mind and the heart? well in this video we are going to explore just that.
They say exercise is like taking a magical pill for your brain, and if there
were ever a drug that could do for your health everything that exercise can it
would likely be the most valuable pharmaceutical ever developed. So why is
exercise so good for us? One of the core habits practiced by the most successful
people is well you guessed it exercising. Have you ever wondered why? In his book
“The Power of Habit” Charles Duhigg talks about what are known as Keystone habits.
These are the habits that if practiced, developed and applied influence change
in every aspect of our lives. Exercising is a keystone habit, which is why anyone
looking to develop self-discipline regularly goes to the gym or does some
form of exercise. So we all know the physical benefits of exercise right, you
look better, you lose weight, you become lean, you gain muscle and generally you
become fit. These changes are easily observable by the naked eye. However, the
benefits of exercising aren’t just skin deep. Most people who exercise will observe that they are happier, more motivated and
less depressed. This is why exercise has been described as the miracle drug and
has been recommended as a treatment for depression, insomnia, memory loss,
alzheimer’s and parkinson’s disease among others. The reason for this is that
the body naturally produces hormones while exercising and these hormones are
serotonin, endorphins and a protein known as Brain-Derived-Neurotropic-Factor (BDNF). Each
of these hormones in their own way helps reduce stress levels, lift someone’s mood,
aids in better sleep, improves learning and also leads to increase confidence.
When you start exercising especially for the first time or after a long break,
you’ll feel more alert and energized. Because ramping up your heart rate means
a boost in overall flow and oxygen to the brain. This releases a special brain
cell called Dopamine which is responsible for motivation. If you’ve
ever felt tired or lazy and don’t feel like doing anything, that’s because your
experiencing a dopamine deficit. Dopamine is
responsible for our motivation and attention and it’s responsible for the
feeling of satisfaction when we accomplish something, it makes you want
to do things and it reassures you that the thing was worth doing. So if you’re
experiencing a dopamine deficit you can find it hard to get things done because
you’re not getting enough fulfillments to justify doing them. But whenever you
exercise you directly increase the amount of dopamine in your blood, and
instead of feeling tired and worn out you suddenly feel motivated and
energized. We’ll talk more about this later but first let’s look at the
physical effects of exercise. The physical effects of exercise may not be
observed within a few weeks of working out, chances are even after a month of
working out there will be little visible results. However, throughout the period of
time you are working out and exercising, biological changes take place whether
you can see them or not. For a start, a few weeks after starting a cardio
routine, you will notice that you have increased energy due to a rise in
metabolism and mitochondria. One of the biggest misconceptions of exercise is
that exercise causes weight loss, no exercise doesn’t cause weight loss, it
causes muscle gain. And since muscle have mitochondria and mitochondria burn
energy. Mitochondria are parts of your cells that convert carbs, fats, and
proteins into fuel that your muscles uses to do their job. After six to eight weeks,
research has shown that people can increase their mitochondria by up to 50%
With more mitochondria in your cells, you will notice a change in your fitness. For
instance, you can easily climb flights of stairs that would have previously left
you feeling like you just ran a half marathon. After a month or so your
muscles will start to grow and get stronger. While this might not be
obviously visible you will feel the strength in your muscles when you
workout. Here the increase in metabolism is even higher, Muscle cells need a lot
of energy, which means they burn a lot of calories, in fact they burn more calories
than fat cells even when you’re not exercising. So the time you spend working
out, reaps benefits long after you stop working out. This means you can literally
slouch on your couch watching TV or Netflix and still be burning fat,
although take this with a grain of salt. According to the u.s. national science
of medicine, if you consistently keep exercise
after a period of six months, mainly concentrating on cardio. You can expect a
20% increase in your overall VO2 max. VO2 max is often used as a fitness indicator,
it measures the rate at which your body can transport oxygen to your muscles for
fuel. So basically a higher VO2 max means, you should be able to run faster and
longer in a shorter time span. So a 20% increase in your VO2 max, should mean
that you can run about 20% further in the same amount of time. So this means
that if you can run a mile in 10 minutes, a 20% increase in your VO2 max should
mean that you can now run 1.2 miles in a 10-minute period or 1 mile in about 8
minutes. Finally regular exercise increases the
size of your heart, and eventually strengthens it. When exercising your
heart rate increases and pumps more blood than it normally would, in the
process the muscles in your heart are strengthened, which reduces the chance of
getting a heart attack. This usually happens after about six months of
regularly working out, right about the same time the physical effects of
exercise are easily visible. Some of the physical effects that might not be
visible include an increase in blood supply to the brain. The brain thus works
more efficiently, and this leads to better focus when doing activities.
Furthermore, exercising promotes the development of new brain cells, which
improves learning and memory. Also during exercise, endorphins are released to
counter any stress you might be feeling. Though inaccurate, endorphins are
famously known as “feel-good hormones”, and so when they are released into your body,
your mood is lifted and you get a sense of happiness. Ultimately any stress you
may be experiencing prior to exercise is alleviated, and so when you consistently
workout, your body gets a regular supply of endorphins and dopamine,
hence leaving you supercharged and energized to take on the day. Another
positive effect of exercising on your brain is that you get better sleep. The
path leading to better sleep and reduced insomnia through exercise cannot be
accurately traced. However, restlessness and sleep is
usually caused by depression and anxiety. Exercising serves to reduce depressive
symptoms and anxiety through the release of endorphins and dopamine. These result
in the symptoms of insomnia being negated, and hence you should get better
sleep. Additionally, when one works out just before going to bed, the temperature
drop experienced after exercise could help one fall asleep.
Also exercising in the afternoon or early evenings can result in better
sleep as well. Our bodies operate on a biological clock called a circadian
rhythm, and since insomnia is caused by a skewed circadian rhythm, exercise can
help fix our biological clock resulting in better sleep as well. In the short run,
exercising lifts your mood because of the release of endorphins and moderate
levels of serotonin. The constant release of these hormones makes you feel good
about yourself and happy, which amazingly also increases your confidence. How
amazing is that?! This is because as you exercise, even without seeing any
physical results at the beginning, you get a better body feel of yourself. By
making the decision to get healthier and proactively trying to get fit and in
shape you become proud and feel great and awesome about yourself, and hence
resulting in the confidence boost. Ultimately, when physical changes can be
seen, your confidence explodes! and in fact some people have attested exercise
to single-handedly changing their life and mentality towards life in general.
Exercise gives you a renewed sense of worth, it makes you feel great and happy
about yourself, it improves your confidence to the level that you will
finally have the courage to ask out that girl you always liked. It can and will
improve your grades, it can also save you money by cutting down on trips to the
hospital every now and then. And also on money spent buying prescription drugs. So exercising is clearly good for our physical and mental health, and by
exercising for just three hours a week consistently, in all probability you’re
going to live longer than you otherwise would. And that longer life will likely
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