7 Ways Exercise Improves Your Overall Health

By Sara Hodson

In the year 1490, Leonardo da Vinci created one of the most infamous drawings of all times, Vitruvian Man. In this drawing, you see not only a beautiful work of art, but you see movement, human anatomy, and physiology. The human body was meant for movement. Although you are already moving on a daily basis just by walking to your car, cooking, bathing, and other activities, there are still many more movements you can add to keep your body healthy. Below you will find seven ways exercise can improve your health.

Cardiovascular

Your heart becomes stronger as your blood pumps during aerobic exercise. When you exercise regularly, you are increasing circulation and strengthening your heart and vasculature.

Memory

Exercise promotes blood flow to your brain and keeps your mind stimulated. This stimulation enhances memory function.

Skin

Your blood is pumping more and not only does that give you a radiant glow, but it also improves your skin by providing blood to the surface that carries nutrients to help keep your skin healthy.

Allergies

The more you move, the more your blood flows. When you keep your blood flowing, you are circulating toxins and allergens out of your body. You are opening up your nasal passages and that can help when you feel congested due to seasonal allergies.

Hunger

When you exercise you may feel appetite suppression. That can be beneficial when you are feeling cravings between mealtimes. Exercise can help you through those cravings.

Mood

When you exercise, you secrete natural mood boosters through endorphins and serotonin. This can help you feel happier and less depressed.

Digestion

The blood flowing through your body when you exercise can also boost your digestive tract health. This blood flow can alleviate constipation symptoms and keep your intestinal tract regulated.

Exercising regularly can help you lose weight, prevent heart disease, prevent type 2 diabetes, maintain a healthy bone density, elevate energy levels, and help you live longer! Incorporating physical activity into your lifestyle, even just a little at a time, is the best thing you can do for your long-term health.

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