There’s a staggering amount of evidence to show that exercise is good for you. Among other benefits, people who exercise are oftentimes healthier, think more clearly, sleep better, and have delayed onset of dementia. They experience these many perks because exercise engages the body on so many levels, including stimulation of the nervous and endocrine systems,
Many people also assume that exercising will leave them tired and groggy. Perhaps one of the most surprising facts about exercise is that setting a regular routine will boost energy, especially in people living a sedentary lifestyle. By starting and performing a regular exercise routine, you can begin to stay energized to feel good throughout the day.
Perhaps most important, exercising has been shown to lead people to happier lifestyles overall. Exercising helps release endorphins to create feelings of well-being, promotes happiness through the release of the hormone epinephrine, and reduces boredom, stress, and tension overall. Staying in shape from regular exercise won’t hurt happiness either. It may be hard to commit to exercise in your daily life, but when you consider all of these benefits it’s hard to see why you’re not doing it already.
Cecilia Gaffaney is a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist based out of Dallas, Texas. She enjoys staying active through running, hiking, and swimming.