Why exercise is good for your health

Exercise is often associated with having a healthy and fit body, but it is not merely a way to stay in shape. Physical activity helps to combat many health conditions and diseases, improves your mood, and boosts your energy levels.

Exercise strengthens our muscles and our brain. Studies have shown that daily physical activity, even brisk walking, can improve memory and enhance attention and concentration skills.

Complex activities, like tennis and dancing, deliver the most powerful punch to our brain because of the amount of coordination needed to complete the activity.

According to the U.S. News, “Exercise increases the level of brain chemicals called growth factors, which help make new brain cells and establish new connections between brain cells to help us learn.”

The brain cells and connections made through exercising also aid our minds in preventing Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Although we might not be thinking about old age while in college, exercise can be a great way to ready your mind to study for a big test.

College can be demanding. Taking exams, time management, and many other duties that college life brings are stressful. If it is beginning to take a toll on you, hit the gym or enjoy any means of physical activity.

Exercise increases the release of soothing chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, which help alleviate stress. They can also work to reverse the stress toll on our bodies at a cellular level, which slows down the aging process.

Even if you are starting to feel like you do not have enough time in the day to get all of your work done, make a point to engage in physical activity. It will work wonders to reduce your stress level.

As college life becomes more stressful our skin is more susceptible to breakouts. If you moved a few hours from home for college, new climates can also cause skin problems. Daily exercise helps to fight pesky pimples by increasing blood flow.

Increase in blood flow helps carry oxygen and nutrients to cells while moving the waste products and toxins out of our body. These two processes cleanse our body from the inside, decreasing breakouts and improving skin tone.

Working out also increases the natural production of collagen, which plumps skin and fights against the affects of aging. Due to these three factors, exercise is a key tool in replenishing our skin and keeping it clear.

If you are having a hard time getting a good night’s rest, regular physical activity promotes deeper sleep and can help you fall asleep faster. Although vigorous exercise can contribute to healthy sleeping habits, the timing of your exercise is extremely important.

Exercising in the early evening or late afternoon is the most beneficial to a good nights sleep. Ideally, we want to raise our body temperature a few hours before bed so that our bodies have time to cool down, easing you into sleep.

Altogether exercise can help to improve your college experience by decreasing your stress levels, improving your memory, and keeping your skin clear for big events.

Combining these benefits with a better night’s sleep will help to keep your self-esteem high and your mind feeling fresh. Anytime you need a “pick-me-up” head to the gym and let exercise solve your problems.

References:

http://health.howstuffworks.com/mental-health/sleep/basics/how-to-fall-asleep1.htm

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/slideshows/7-mind-blowing-benefits-of-exercise

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/HQ01676/NSECTIONGROUP=2

http://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness-pictures/amazing-benefits-of-exercise.aspx#/slide-1

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