This Is What Really Happens When You Start Exercising

This Is What Really Happens When You Start Exercising


Brainy Dose Presents: This is What Really Happens When You Start
Exercising You’ve probably heard it a million times
– that physical exercise will do you a lot of good. Maybe you’ve been told that signing up to
a gym is the best way to build muscle, or that you should exercise to shed those extra
pounds. A lot has been said and is still being said
about exercising. But what really happens to your body when
you begin to take part in regular exercise? Let’s find out! Number 1 – Your Aerobic Capacity Improves Aerobic capacity is the measure of your heart
and lungs ability to get oxygen to your muscles. People don’t realize how important this
is, and how easily they lose their aerobic capacity. According to research, we lose around 1% of
our aerobic capacity every year. That’s 10% per decade! The good news is however, that regular exercise
can reduce this loss by half. Let’s suppose you start calculating from
the time you’re 30 – if you exercise regularly, by the time you are 60, you would have only
lost 15% of your aerobic capacity, instead of 30%. And that’s a huge difference! Number 2 – Your Blood Pressure Reduces High blood pressure (or hypertension) is a
common condition that can lead to heart disease. And research suggests that there’s a correlation
between hypertension and lack of exercise. When you exercise regularly, you strengthen
your heart muscle, and a stronger heart can pump blood through the arteries with less
effort. Also, exercising helps reduce plaque buildup
in the arteries – which provides more space for blood to flow freely. As you exercise more regularly, your blood
pressure gradually begins to drop – reducing the risk of hypertension. Number 3 – Your Risk For Type 2 Diabetes Decreases Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that
affects the way your body metabolizes glucose. It is the most common type of diabetes, and
it has gradually become a major public health concern world-wide. This disease was formerly known as adult-onset
diabetes because of the great risk it posed to adults – but recently, more children, teens
and young adults have been increasingly diagnosed with it. The best way to combat this condition is to
exercise regularly. As you engage in regular physical exercise,
your body’s ability to process blood sugar will improve, hence lowering your type 2 diabetes
risk, considerably. Number 4 – Your Immune System Improves You surely know the importance of the immune
system – it’s your body’s number one defence against infection and toxins. But as we grow older, the immune system doesn’t
grow stronger. It gradually deteriorates as we age. This phenomenon is called IMMUNO-SENE-SCENCE,
and it’s been observed to develop more rapidly in people who have not been regularly involved
in any form of physical exercise. Regular exercise is considered the counter
to this phenomenon, and even short-term exercise programs can reverse some of the effects of
aging on the immune system. Number 5 – Your Bones Stay Stronger Because bones gradually lose their mineral
strength as we age – by as much as 1% every year – exercise, especially strength training
is really important, as it helps strengthen your bones. Lifting weights is sufficient enough exercise
to help maintain bone health, but it’s important to put in a deliberate effort. High-impact strength training for at least
2 hours a week regularly is enough to increase bone density – significantly reducing the
rate of bone loss as you age. Number 6 – Your Muscle Mass Increases As you age, your muscle strength also degrades
at the same rate as bone strength and aerobic capacity – 1 % per year. Likewise, strength training will reduce the
rate of this loss by half. In fact, age related muscle loss is best reversed
by this type of exercise. Just as weight lifting increases the bone’s
mineral strength, muscle is also strengthened when you regularly engage in strength training
exercises. Number 7 – Your Body Fat Reduces Working out helps to maintain a normal BMI
or body mass index. BMI is the measurement of body size – which
is calculated by combining a person’s height and weight. It’s a way to estimate whether your weight
is normal for your height – or whether you are underweight, overweight or obese. Now, the more you exercise, the more you’re
able to reduce body fat. As I just mentioned in the previous point:
exercise helps build muscle – and, muscle tissue burns more calories than body fat – even
when you’re at rest. In fact, muscle burns 5.5 times more calories
than fat tissue! Number 8 – Your Breathing Improves If you haven’t worked out in a while, or
you don’t exercise regularly – and you find yourself doing something physically demanding
– you’ve probably noticed how quickly you run out of breath! Regular exercise can help with this. It strengthens your respiratory muscles that
help open up your lungs – and this, in turn, makes it easier for your lungs to inhale and
exhale. The next time you have to run to catch a train
with a friend, you’ll be surprised that you won’t have to stop to catch your breath
as frequently as they do. Number 9 – You Will Have More Energy Truth be told, on the list of things you would
love to do, waking up before dawn to go jogging or to workout at the gym might not be there
at all. But making a habit of exercising has incredible
benefits. Regular exercise actually improves the efficiency
at which oxygen fuels the cells in your body. With more oxygen in your cells, more energy
is released. You will feel less fatigue and stress. This will also make you feel physically fit
and loaded with energy to go about your day-to-day activities. Number 10 – Your Libido Improves Even though a person’s libido might be affected
by psychological and social factors, your endocrine glands actually secrete hormones
that directly affect the libido. Keeping your muscles active promotes the production
of hormones that play a key role in maintaining your reproductive functioning. In addition, you’ll be more fit, which in
turn will also improve your ability to perform in the bedroom. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how
beneficial that will be for your romantic relationship… Number 11 – You Sleep Better Everybody enjoys having a good night’s sleep
– but in today’s world, there are more people finding it difficult to sleep well. Sometimes, this can be because the circadian
rhythm has been disrupted. The circadian rhythm helps the body maintain
its sleep pattern. But most times, the hustle and demands of
our jobs and everyday life misalign it – and this results in sleeping problems. Regular exercise can help the body align and
maintain its circadian rhythm. This means you’ll be able sleep better. As you know, better sleep translates to better
health. Number 12 – Your Mood Improves It’s no longer news that the rate of depression
is currently at an all-time high, but what many people don’t know is that regular exercise
lowers your risk of depression. In fact, after just 20 minutes of exercise,
the body releases endorphins – the “feel good” neurotransmitters – that improve your
mood naturally. Regular physical exercise will go a long way
in enhancing your mood and maintaining your overall mental health. Number 13 – You Become Less Anxious Just as endorphins give you the “feel good”
feeling, it also lowers your anxiety levels. The happier you are, the less you worry. Exercise also provides a way to shift your
focus off your problems. While you work out, you mostly focus on going
through the routine of the exercise. Sometimes, this can be all the distraction
you need to discover a whole different perspective on your problems. This new outlook can reinvigorate you to tackle
your problems with renewed vigour – making you less anxious. Number 14 – Your Memory Improves Regular exercise really pays off when it comes
to improving cognitive function. Several lab experiments have revealed that
consistent physical exercise actually helps neurons stay in shape – improving memory. And, the exercise doesn’t even have to be
too vigorous. Isn’t that something? Think about it. Doing something as simple as going for a walk
every day is enough to help your brain’s memory center maintain its health. Number 15 – Your Intellectual Skills Improve Just as physical exercise benefits your memory,
it also improves your intellectual skills. When you work out, oxygen flows more freely
to your brain – also benefiting the ‘prefrontal cortex,’ which is responsible for planning,
reasoning and decision making. Mental activity that requires you to respond
quickly – particularly, involvement in exercise – has also been shown to boost your intelligence;
as well as your ability to carry out activities of everyday living. Number 16 – Your Self-Esteem Gets A Boost There’s a certain link between exercise
and self-esteem. As you start to follow a regular exercise
routine, your self-evaluation improves gradually. You begin to feel better about yourself, and
this includes your physique and physical capabilities. Exercise challenges your mental strength and
willpower – and once you push yourslef beyond certain limits you thought you had, you’ll
realize that you have the strength to face whatever challenges come your way. Exercise provides amazing benefits that can
improve nearly every aspect of your health. Of course, the benefits will vary depending
on the types of exercises you do, for how long you work out per session – and how often
you train. But first, it’s important to decide what
your fitness goals are, and then create a workout plan based on that. Just be sure to pace yourself as you begin,
and don’t push yourself too hard. It will get easier as time goes by – and the
more fit you become, the more energy you’ll have to put into your workouts. If you found this video helpful, give it a
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