Exercise is our go-to when we feel like losing weight, getting in shape, or taking some time out for ourselves. However, the benefits of a walk, a jog or a workout go far beyond what you may have previously thought. Below are just five unexpected benefits of exercise.
1. It boosts your immune system
Exercise has been proven to boost those cells specifically designed to eliminate bacteria, with research showing that these cells work slower in people who don’t get regular exercise.
2. It will improve your concentration
A Harvard University study showed that, when you exercise, you release a certain chemical which helps your memory circuits to function better – thus improving your focus and concentration levels.
3. It gives you a better complexion
Exercise increases the flow of blood around your body, which also boosts its production of collagen – the protein which keeps our skin firm and supple. The result? Great skin and a beautiful complexion.
4. It can enhance your creativity
Two years ago, researchers from The Netherlands proved a theory that many creative professionals have long believed – that exercise boosts your creativity. These researchers found that this indeed is the case, with our cognitive skills becoming enhanced in the direct aftermath of a workout.
5. It can help with addiction recovery
As well as giving the individual a new, positive and healthy focus for their time, exercise stimulates the production of dopamine, commonly referred to as the ‘reward’ chemical. This has been proven time and time again to help those recovering from substance addiction.