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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 20 years or have recently returned from a stint on one of the moons of Saturn, then you’ll know that exercise is good for you. We’re constantly being told to exercise, almost on a daily basis for a whole myriad of reasons.

In fact, there are so many reasons that health professionals tell us to exercise that it can be hard to keep up with them all. We all know that it can help lose weight, but is it good for cutting down on drinking? Making us eat better? The environment? Sometimes, it’s hard to keep up.

If that’s the position you find yourself in – where you know you need to exercise, but you aren’t sure what for – then help is at hand. Here are six areas of life that exercise can help with.

Reduces Stress

A poll carried out in December 2017 suggested that 79 percent of Americans felt stressed sometimes or frequently on a daily basis. Stress is everywhere, whether it be because of financial concerns, problems at home, issues at work or just the monotony of daily life.

Not all of us realize how dangerous stress can be. Not only does it wreak havoc on your mind, but stress causes lots of health problems as well, ranging from heart disease, asthma and obesity through to headaches, depression and Alzheimer’s. Put simply, if you don’t keep stress in check, it can kill you.

Exercise is a great and easy way of combatting stress. When we exercise, the endorphins released into the body are natural-stress fighters. Not only that but running or playing sport takes your mind off what was stressing you out in the first place and if you aren’t thinking about it, you aren’t worrying about it.

Gives You More Energy

Getting an energy boost from exercising may seem like an unlikely benefit, for how can you have more energy after using a lot of it up? Yet there is science to suggest that regular exercise can make you feel more energized throughout the day.

It works a little something like this. By exercising in the middle of the day, you give your cognitive abilities a boost by stimulating the chemicals in your brain right when you are just starting to slump. That means you go back to work or whatever task you have in store for the afternoon recharged and more alert.

By exercising regularly, you’ll also be forcing your body into increasing its capacity to produce energy, making you more energetic as a result.

Boosts Your Memory

So, we’ve just touched upon how exercise can give your brain a mental boost. Needless to say, that also means that exercise can have a positive effect on your memory as well.

When we exercise, our heart rate rises,and we’re pumping more oxygenated blood around our body as a result. The brain is a muscle like any other which means that it becomes stronger with the more oxygen and energy it receives, something that exercise can really help with.

As a result, the stronger brain you’ve built through exercise will have an increased capacity for learning and memory. We wouldn’t recommend running a marathon before taking an exam or anything but getting that blood pumping around your body on a regular basis will definitely help your mental ability.

Improves Your Posture

With so much of our lives these days involving sitting down, it is a little wonder that posture is a major problem among Americans. Whether we’re sat at our desk for the 9-5 or slumped in a chair at home watching late night television, our bodies can sometimes struggle under the demands placed upon them.

One of the easiest ways to try and fix your posture is through exercising the muscles that support your back. Because the back is quite literally the spine of the body, nearly all our muscles are connected with it in some way. Whether you work out your legs, your arms or your abs, you’ll be going some way to helping your back muscles and in turn, improving your posture.

Can Help Beat Addiction

When a person is trying to overcome an addiction, the mind and body craves the substance that was producing endorphins in the brain that led to the feeling of being “high.” Whether it’s the feel-good factor that comes from drink or drugs or the initial destressing that nicotine brings, that is essentially what addiction is.

Exercise can help manage those cravings and in turn, play a role in helping beat addiction. The endorphins released into the body when we exercise cause you to feel a “runners high” and resultin the same feelings of euphoria that accompany a chemical high.

By taking up running or a team sport that involves you feeling breathless at the end, you’ll be reducing your dependency on substances to make you feel good. Clearly, if you’ve got a serious addiction than a facility like a rehab clinic is a must for kicking it, but if you just want help kicking your bottle of wine an evening habit or giving up smoking, then exercise can play a part.You may be wondering does insurance cover rehab, but you can find out more online.

Can Boost Your Confidence

The most obvious way that exercise can boost your confidence is by helping you lose weight and just improving your appearance in general. If we feel confident with our bodies, we feel confident stepping out in the street – but there is more to it than that.

If you exercise in a gym, you can feel more socially confident by being in a social environment. If your exercise comes through team sports, then playing a part in the success of a collective will breed confidence.

Perhaps best of all though is that once you start exercising, you can rack up achievements you never thought possible. Running your first 5km race, 10km race, half marathon, and marathon can give you a real mental boost. If you can tick off those sorts of achievements, you’ll feel like you can do anything.

About The Author

Sneha Srimani is a Bachelor of Science graduate in health education. She is also social media manager at NucleusAccumbens.com. Before coming to Nucleus Accumbens, she worked as a Jr. Medical Physicist. Now she decided to share her experience and medical information through this blog.