If exercise were a drug, we would say its benefits were too good to be true. Not only does it keep us healthy and help us live longer, but it also makes us smarter and happier, too. Working out can enhance memory, speed up… Exercise is not just about aerobic capacity and muscle size.
Sure, exercise can improve your physical health and your physique, trim your waistline, improve your sex life, and even add years to your life. But that’s not what motivates most people to stay active. The real reason we feel so good when we get our blood pumping is that it makes the brain function at its best,” says Ratey, author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. “The point of the exercise is to build and condition the brain.”
Exercise and depression Studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but without the side-effects, of course. As one example, a recent study done by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26 %.
You don’t have to spend hours in a gym or force yourself into long, monotonous workouts to experience the many benefits of exercise. These tips can help you find activities you enjoy and start to feel better, look better, and get more out of life.