The Top Three Reasons to Exercise Today

Hiking, TromsoYou already know that you should become more regular at the gym. You know how important exercising is to your overall health and weight. However, we have a few fun facts and health benefits you may not have known about working out. Lace up your sneakers because you will want to take a jog after this article.

Reason #1: Walking After a Meal Helps Digestions

Studies have proven that if you want to help your meal go quicker through the digestive tract, a quick walk around the block will help. Walking after a meal will also help decrease your blood sugar, as well as fight off bloat.

Reason #2: Take a Hike to Boost Creativity

Another study showed that if you took a hike without digital distractions, such as your phone, you were more likely to boost your productivity and creativity for several hours afterwards. Researchers tested individuals to see how they performed on certain cognitive tests before and after a hike. After hiking for a few days in a row, they performed much better on word association tests. The researchers concluded that this was most likely the exercise and being outdoors that helped fuel their brain power.

Reason #3: Exercise Keeps the Memory Fresh

No matter what type of exercise you do, you will most likely feel an increase of energy and productivity, with the exception that you are completely out of shape. Why is this? Simply because exercise causes blood to flow more freely through the body and brain. Studies have also shown that regular exercise can reverse shrinking of the hippocampal. The hippocampal is related to memory and is to blame when older adults become more forgetful and get Alzheimer’s disease.

Do you need any more convincing that exercise is the key to good health? Even if you can only fit in a twenty-minute walk or jog in your day, it is still enough to get your blood flowing. Keep your body and your brain young with regular physical activity.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

 

Story Credit 1, 2, Image Credit: Hiking, Tromso by Gunnar Hildoneon. Used under a Creative Commons license. 

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