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The Shocking Truth About Exercise

February 27, 2016

We all know exercise is vital. Do you really know why?

The shocking truth about exercise is that it has more benefits than you may realise.

In this article you will read how exercise benefits adults and children from a different perspective. You will read about exercise and how it relates to:

  • Happiness
  • Children’s Brains
  • Gratitude

Research by Tom Scheve has demonstrated that satisfaction and exercise are connected in three significant ways:

1. Boosts our immune system

  • Shields our bodies from disease and sickness

2. Discharges endorphins. Endorphins:

  • Stimulate the brain and numb pain
  • Create feelings of elation, contentment and lower stress

3. Diminishes cortisol levels. Cortisol is delivered amid times of:

  • Stress
  • Nervousness
  • Dissatisfaction
  • Tears

Two Studies

1. Amanda Chan describes how researchers from Penn State University found the more physically active people reported greater general feelings of excitement and enthusiasm, compared with the less physically active people.

Expert Amanda Hyde states:
“We found that people who are more physically active have more pleasant-activated feelings than people less active, and we also found that people have more pleasant-activated feelings on days when they are more physically active than usual.”

2. Shawn Achor expounds on a study in his book The Happiness Advantage.

Three gatherings of discouraged individuals were given three distinctive adapting techniques. A gathering was given antidepressants, a gathering practiced for 45 minutes three times each week and a groupdid a mix of both. Following four months every gathering recorded comparative enhancements in satisfaction. The study closes the way that practice demonstrated pretty much as valuable as antidepressants is amazing. At the point when retested six months after the fact just 9% of those tried who just practiced backslid contrasted with 38% and 31% in alternate gatherings. The beneficial outcomes of activity are enduring.

Exercise & Children’s Brains 

human brain on a running machine

Not only is exercise essential for children’s bodies it is also essential for their brain. Exercise encourages blood flow throughout the body, including the brain.

Brain cells are able to connect more effectively with each other.

R. Morgan Griffin concludes exercise benefits children in the following ways:

 

 

Better Thinking Skills

  • Studies show that people who exercise more are sharper mentally
  • The effects may be almost immediate
  • One study found that kids scored higher on math and reading comprehension tests after exercising for 20 minutes

More Confidence

  • Studies have found that kids who do athletics are more confident
  • In turn, that confidence may improve their academic performance
  • Active kids tend to get better grades (though there could be a lot of reasons for that, including brain benefits, part of it may be better self-confidence)

Better Moods

  • Many studies have found that kids who exercise feel happier
  • Physical activity releases brain chemicals that are natural stress fighters
  • Just about any physical activity seems to help
  • Physically active kids are better at managing their moods
  • Have fewer mood swings

Sounder Sleep

  • Kids who exercise regularly fall asleep faster than other kids
  • They also stay asleep longer
  • The more vigorous the activity, the bigger the sleep benefit
  • Getting enough sleep lifts moods, improves judgment, and boosts memory

Exercise & Gratitude

When we take care of our body through exercise we show love and gratitude for ourselves.

I love this view of gratitude and fitness by blogger Kaileen Elise:

“Yoga teachers often suggest that students “dedicate” their practice to someone or something in their lives. That’s a perfect time to focus your energy on gratitude and fitness. You can also try this on your next walk, bike ride, or swim. Let the repetitive motions become a moving meditation on gratitude. Think about everything your body does for you – from your bones to your skin, and from your brain to your toes. Your body works hard to keep you safe and healthy. So when you think about it that way, a daily fitness routine becomes a practice of gratitude”

The benefits for exercise are endless.

It is vitally important children learn the habit of exercising as early as possible.

The benefits can shape a persons life physically and mentally.

Please leave a comment on the following questions:

Who exercises for at least 30 minutes everyday?
Who demands their child exercises for at least 30 minutes everyday?

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