Nothing beats the benefits of exercising. Running, walking, cycling, even gardening – it’s good for your body, your heart and your head. Exercise helps protect you against cardiovascular diseases, and can generate a huge feeling of happiness. The runner’s high is not a fairy tale.
Less stress and a better memory
When you exercise, endorphins are released, the neurotransmitters whose first job is to protect you against pain, but which can also give you a feeling of euphoria.
Exercising reduces stress and improves your memory, although the effects are temporary: research on the long-term effects of exercise on your brain showed that the most positive effects were seen in people who had exercised the day of the test, and not just some time in the previous four weeks.
And also: losing weight!
American research involving more than 2,000 men aged between 22 and 55 demonstrated the link between exercise and weight loss. The results only supported one logical interpretation: the men who exercised a lot, lost weight, the men who only exercised a little, gained weight.
Good advice, based on this research: middle-aged men need to be actively exercising for forty-five minutes to one hour per day in order to lose weight.
Other American research also took a look at women. In this case, men and women aged between 18 and 30 were tracked, and checked again after 2, 5, 7, 10 and 15 years. Here again, the result was clear, that half an hour’s walking each day had a positive effect on your weight. The researchers also noted something else: the heaviest participants in the research benefited more from the walking than the lighter ones.
Many participants gained weight over the course of the fifteen years, but those who continued actively to walk gained less then the less active people.
It has been proven many times that exercise is good for your heart.
An important American research study involving 12,516 male alumni of Harvard University 9 shows that if you burn roughly an extra 1,000 calories per week doing exercise this demonstrably reduces your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Anyone who burns off 2,000 calories a week in training, also reduces their risk of high blood pressure and a heart attack.