6 Unexpected benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle

You might have heard that you should be exercising. Someone, perhaps your mom or your doctor, has told you that it’s a good idea to get some exercise.

Research has found that healthy adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week.

But even knowing that you should be exercising doesn’t motivate most people to get off the couch and start moving. The reality is there are many benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. So, here are just some of them.

Exercise leads to better stress management

Your body produces feel-good endorphins during prolonged and strenuous exercise. This leads to you being able to cope better with stress. It also provides positive mental health benefits by improving your self-image and esteem as you take these positive steps to take care of your body.

Exercise leads to an improved sex life

Something else you can do to increase your happiness and better deal with stress? Orgasm. That’s right, research has found that climaxing can be a powerful stress reliever. So, ladies and gentlemen, reach for your favourite sex toys, and maybe his Bathmate Hydromax, and get yourself off. It’s difficult to feel aroused when you feel tired and unfit, but exercise can help with that. Says the Mayo Clinic: “Regular physical activity can improve energy levels and physical appearance, which may boost your sex life. But there’s even more to it than that. Regular physical activity may enhance arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise.”

Exercise might make you age slower

Exercise has been found to add at least five years to your lifespan, meaning that exercise is essential if you’d like to live a longer, happier and healthier life. One study, in particular, found that exercise can actually lead to the slowing down of the ageing of cells at a molecular level. Another study found that frequent exercise reduces the likelihood that an older person will become physically disabled.

Exercise will help you sleep better

Sleep is a major issue for many people. Luckily, it’s been found that consistent physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and improve the quality of your sleep. Because who can stay awake after an intense session at the gym? Just be sure to schedule your exercise at a time that’ll work with your bedtime. Late night exercises may lead to an increase in your energy levels when you should be winding down for the night.

Exercise is great for your brain

Exercise has been linked to less depression, better memory and quicker learning. Studies have also found that exercise is one of the best ways to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s been found that exercise improves blood flow to the brain, leading to the growth of new blood vessels and even new brain cells. Exercise may even help people focus. If you’re having trouble concentrating at work and doing the best possible job, exercise may be what you need to get yourself back on track.

Exercise can give you more energy

Exercise gives your muscles more strength and endurance to perform everyday tasks. Climbing the stairs, chasing after your kids or carrying heavy grocery bags will soon be easy for you. In addition to improving energy levels, exercise can also fight depression and anxiety.

Exercise might make your fat cells shrink

Let’s be honest, these benefits are all great. But the majority of us exercise to look better in our bikinis at the beach. And exercise does just that by making the body better at burning fat. As a result, your fat cells shrink, as does inflammation.