Exercise isn’t just for muscles or losing weight. Exercise has many more benefits than those two things! As you will find out below, exercise isn’t just for muscles.

Endorphins

When we exercise, certain chemicals are released in our bodies that make us feel super happy. These are called endorphins, and they are contributors to what is called runner’s high. Endorphins are the body’s special way of dealing with the physical toll that exercising has on the body. Another great side effect of exercising regularly is the improvement of brain health so you can feel better overall all the time, and not just from endorphins! Regular exercise has been found to improve the symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, and other mental/emotional health issues. Outside of the physical benefits, sometimes just going for a relaxing walk when you start to feel upset in any way can simply help you get your mind off the situation and recenter yourself.

Sleep

It has been scientifically proven that consistent exercise actually helps us get a better night’s sleep. Just thirty minutes at least of exercise each day can improve your sleep almost immediately! While the endorphins and good feelings we talked about above will make you feel awake and alert for a while; you’ve still exerted yourself in general by exercising at all. This means that your body will be that much more ready to rest when it’s time to sleep. Think of it as a sugar crash without the sugar and side effects like headaches or stomachaches. Your body got really pumped from the exercise, but then it uses that to help you get a more satisfying and restful sleep!

Lymphatic System

We all know that exercise gets the heart working, and blood flowing. However, even when we don’t move at all, our heart still pumps. This is not so for our lymphatic system. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic doesn’t have an automatic pump to push the fluid through. It depends on our body movements to do its job! Your lymphatic system is responsible for helping filter out and removes any toxins and chemicals from your body. When you have a sedentary lifestyle, this means that all that junk pools throughout your lymph system like a clogged sewage system. This can lead to inflammation, pain, and can also compromise your immune system. By making sure you exercise each day, you are helping your body more efficiently flush out all the ick!

As you can see, exercise has several other positive outcomes other than building muscles and helping with weight loss. Challenge yourself to do something active for at least thirty minutes each day, and see how much it can improve your overall mental and physical health!

Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

The Rebels Den

Petra Monaco is a published author, coach, mom and breaks the status quo for fun. As a foster kid, she knows the challenges and excuses people make as she rewrote her own story and then worked her way through to become a Master's level therapist. However, after watching her son fight for his life due to a rare genetic disorder and three liver transplants, she now coaches creatives and multi-passionates to stop waiting for “one day” and the “perfect moments’. Petra helps you dive deeply into the heart of things in order to discover your next steps, inspires you to set up your own personal framework so you can break free from fear, doubt, and overwhelm so you can start creating the life you want now. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!
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