Exercise gives us an enormous sense of well-being. We feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, and feel more relaxed and positive about ourselves. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more.
Exercise gives us hope that we will make it through the pandemic and be healthier on the other side.
There’s no better time to exercise. And, GHF is the healthiest place in Gainesville to start!
Mental Health Benefits Of Exercise
Fitness is not only related directly to your physical health but also your mental health. With regular exercise, you can expect less depression, stronger memory and quicker learning. Studies also suggest that exercise is the best way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. While it isn't understood exactly how exercise can prevent Alzhiemer's, it has been proven that exercise improves blood flow to the brain, that directly impacts the growth of new brain cells.
Another important benefit that we are seeing during trying times, much like today, is having a safe environement in which you can feel connected during a period of isolation.
You can also expect a shift in mood. Exercise releases serotonin, norepinephrine, endorphins, dopamine, which can help in depression, anxiety, stress and help lighten the mood.
Defense Against Major Illnesses
Your immune system is a complex system that helps you fight off germs and viruses regularly. While it usually is effective in fighting off small colds and gross germs, you need to strengthen your immune system so that it can stabilize itself while becoming familiar with bigger threats like Coronavirus. In the event that you do come in contact with these bigger threats, you are more likely to heal up and not succumb to more life-threatening moments as your body becomes familiar with the new virus entering your body.
Exercise is also beneficial for people with different chronic conditions, from Type 2 diabetes to heart failure. After years of studies, we now know that people can and should exercise. A recent study found that those recovering from a stroke saw results that exercise was effective at helping them during rehabilitation.
Physical Benefits Of Exercise
The most common benefit of exercise is regulating your weight. With an overpopulation of obesity in the United States, more people are at risk of several conditions such as heart attacks or even being at a greater risk of contracting Coronavirus. However, for a more aesthetic reason, regular exercise also helps shrink fat cells. With exercise, your body is able to metabolize more fat as an energy source therefore shrinking fat cells and reducing inflammation.
Exercise also releases hormones that helps the ability of your muscles to absorb amino acids that helps them grow. Because as humans we tend to lose muscle mass as we get older, developing the muscles and maintaining them will help with this and help prevent a loss of bone density and osteoporosis later in life.
Furthermore, exercise also helps with your energy levels and assists and falling asleep easier. It even helps with energy levels throughout the day for people with progressive illnesses like cancer or HIV/AIDS.