The Benefits of Exercise

As students, our lives often get extremely busy with overwhelming amounts of work. However, physical activities (preferably every day) are essential in maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle. This includes a variety of activities such as playing sports, running, yoga and weightlifting. Not only does it help you stay fit, but it can also boost mood and productivity as well! Here are some reasons why exercise should be added to your daily schedule.

1. Exercise makes you feel happy

One of the many benefits of exercise is the feeling of happiness. Studies have shown that it helps decrease feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression (feelings we’re all too familiar with). Exercise makes parts of the brain more sensitive to hormones that make you feel happy and in turn helps improve mood. However, the effects of daily activity have no relation to the intensity. Therefore, it’s possible to enjoy a nice moderate session of jogging over intense sessions of powerlifting (unless that’s your thing) and enjoy the same benefits. Exercise also helps keep you fit which can help boost self-esteem and confidence which can make you a more productive worker.

2. Exercise is good for your body

This one is intuitive and obvious, yet many people overlook this simple yet important benefit. Exercise plays a vital role in maintaining the health and strength of muscles and bones inside your body. Furthermore, activities that require extensive muscle use such as swimming or weightlifting can even induce muscle growth. With a proper nutrition and sufficient sleep, these can lead to an improved physique, characterized by muscles! On the flip side, substantial lack of exercise can cause issues, as your muscles and bones begin to lose strength and the ability to function. This, in turn, can make you more prone to injury and make your injuries more severe.

3. Exercise can increase energy levels

As counterintuitive as this may sound, there is merit to the title of this section. Studies have shown that exercise has helped to reduce fatigue and increase energy levels in patients who suffered from chronic fatigue. So maybe if you feel tired all the time, doing some exercise will help you feel rejuvenated and ready to go.

Although sometimes we find that we often do not have time to exercise, it’s always possible to find a way. A 30-minute run, even a couple push-ups, can make the difference we need to make a bad day good or a good day even better. So, there is no excuse not to get up, and get active!