Most people go to the gym to get stronger and fitter. But have you ever noticed how much happier you feel after you work out?
That’s not just because you made good choices about your health! Exercise is key to building muscle and improving heart health, but there are some amazing advantages to working out that might surprise you.
From boosting your mood to helping with sleep, exercise makes you feel better long after you’ve hit the showers.
Read on to learn learn more about the unexpected ways exercise helps…
Enhance your brain
If you want to increase your brain power, get moving!
Research proves that physical activity not only helps repair and protect your current brain cells, it also triggers the growth of new cells that play a crucial role in learning and memory.1-3
And you don’t have to spend hours on the treadmill to reap those brain-building rewards! Check out my Fast Fitness Online Program to find out how you can get a complete workout in just minutes a day…
Relieve anxiety and depression
When it comes to beating the blues, exercise is an amazing ally.
By stimulating the release of feel-good chemicals and hormones in your brain, exercise helps improve your mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.4-6 In fact, studies show that folks who work out at least 2-3 times a week experience significantly less depression, anger, and stress than folks who exercise less frequently or not at all.7
Those are all great reasons to incorporate burst training combined with weight resistance into your fitness routine!
If you’re struggling to get your z’s, bursting on the Xiser can be a big help!
Scientific studies show that people who exercise regularly not only doze off faster once they hit the pillow, they also get higher quality sleep at night.8-9
(Just remember that evening sweat sessions can leave you wired before bed, so be sure to schedule your workouts in the morning or early afternoon hours…)
Increase insulin sensitivity
The more insulin sensitive you are, the better your body can burn off fat.
To understand how that works, picture this:
- Every day, you listen to music while you work. As the hours go by, the music starts to blend into the background noise, so you turn up the volume to compensate.
- After several days, that higher volume seems normal. And inevitably, you find yourself amping it up even more so it’s clear.
- Soon, without realizing it, you’ve got the volume so loud it damages your hearing – and you never even noticed!
Insulin sensitivity works the same way. Every time you eat something sweet, you need insulin to shuttle that sugar to your cells and bring your blood glucose levels back to normal.
The more sugar you eat, the more insulin you make and the less responsive your cells become to it. It takes increasing amounts of insulin to bring your blood sugar back down to normal levels, just as it took a higher volume for the music to stand out in the earlier example.
Over time, those chronically elevated blood sugar and insulin levels not only cause your body to store extra fat, they also put you at a greater risk for type 2 diabetes and other serious health issues.10-12
Exercise to the rescue! Studies show that just one single bout of exercise can improve your insulin sensitivity for up to 16 hours after your workout.13 Translation: for balancing blood sugar and protecting your health, exercise is a fierce secret weapon.
Now that you recognize the many perks of working out, there’s only one thing left to do: lace up your tennis shoes and start moving today!
Just be sure to opt for burst training (a.k.a. high-intensity interval training) and resistance training, rather than endurance cardio. You don’t want to undo the numerous benefits of exercise by stressing your body with steady-state cardio sessions…
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