We all know that exercising is good for you.  Aside from strengthening your heart and muscles, exercise helps your body release endorphins and in turn, these endorphins make you feel good!

But wait, there’s more…

1. Blood flow to your brain makes you think more clearly.  That moment when you have an epiphany in the middle of a hard workout?  It’s not a coincidence.  An increase in blood flow to the brain leads to a clearer, more decisive mind.

2. Your post-workout glow lasts even longer.  The bright, invigorated look of post-sweat skin isn’t just a temporary benefit: Studies have shown that a consistent schedule of exercise fights against signs of aging, leaving you with a more youthful-looking complexion.

3. Healthy bacteria in your gut balance your digestive system.  Exercise may help your abs emerge on the outisde, but it’s also working magic on the inside of your stomach. A study into exercise and gut health found that aerobic activity led to an increase in the diversity of bacteria in the digestive system, improving health.

4. Your sex drive improves.  Get your heart rate up in class today to better get down tonight. Researchers have found that exercise has a positive effect on sexual arousal in both men and women.

5. Stress and anxiety are reduced.  Feeling anxious or stressed? Sweating it out is not just a metaphor. Research has shown that the combination of the release of positive brain chemicals like endorphins, an increase in body temperature, and a decrease in negative immune system chemicals can help diminish feelings of stress or anxiety.

6. You crave healthy food.  A study recently found that thanks to the transfer effect, you will naturally begin to crave healthier foods as you exercise.  The transfer effect is where learning new skills and improving in one area of your life automatically triggers a desire for improvements in another. In this case, exercise triggers diet.  And it makes sense – you don’t want to sabotage all that hard work!

7. You sleep better.  Dragging your feet all day? Researchers have studied the relationship between exercise and sleep, finding that regular aerobic exercise makes it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep, which in turn has a positive effect on mental health and daytime energy.

So keep coming to class and getting your sweat on!


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