6 Very Good Reasons to Workout That Don't Involve Weight Loss
January 3, 2017
There's more to exercise than torching calories.
Scientists have long made the connection between a healthy body and a sharp mind. A 2013 study has resurfaced and might help to explain why.
"The idea is that people with higher fitness have enhanced blood flow to their brain," Jill Barnes, chair of the 2017 World Congress on Exercise and the Brain, recently told the Wall Street Journal. This therefore improves how well your brain works.
The researchers studied how responsive the brains of sedentary and active people were to their environments. The blood vessels of physically fit, older adults were associated with more activity, Barnes said.
Read below for five more reasons to work out that have nothing to do with weight loss:
1. You could make new friends.
Run down the same path every day or routinely go to a yoga studio and eventually you'll start to see familiar faces. Chatting during your warm up or post-class stretches is an easy way to start conversation with like-minded friends. And friends with similar interests is a known way to successfully change your life.
Exercise is a proven way to lower your stress levels. Between the mood-boosting endorphins, the pumped-up music and the increased heart rate, you're bound to get those frustrations out. Run your way to a better state of mind and leave your worries on the pavement (or treadmill, or bike, etc.).