29 Amazing Physiological Benefits of Exercise

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You go to your gym class, you train in the beating sun, or you even go running in sub-zero temperatures.

You see the benefits on your body but do you know what is actually happening to you on the inside?  Here is comprehensive list of physiological benefits of exercise and what it means for you.

1. Your brain chemistry is enhanced therefore your memory, concentration and mental sharpness is improved.

2. Your sex drive improves keeping that connection with your partner.

3. Your pain resistance increases so you can tolerate pain better and avoid nasty pain killers.

4. Your biological age is prolonged so your body does not wear out at an alarming rate.

5. Helps control addictive behaviour including addiction to coffee, tea and energy drinks so you save money and don’t get side effects like high blood pressure, insomnia and save money at expensive coffee shops.

6. You get a runners high or buzzwhich is an amazing feel good factor when endorphins are released.

7. You can super-focus (like Superman).

8. Strengthens your lungs giving you better breathing abilities.

9. Increases the efficiency of your lungs. so you get oxygen into your bloodstream quicker.

10. Increases your working aerobic capacity so you can exercise for longer periods.

11. Enhances your stamina levels so you can go on for longer durations.

12. Wards of illnesses like colds.

13. Your total blood cholesterol levels decrease therefore less likely to suffer from heart attacks.

14. Your blood triglyceride levels decrease therefore you are less likely to suffer from strokes, heart disease and heart attacks..

15. Your high density lipoprotein (HDL) levels increase which are the beneficial as they take away cholesterol from blood, cells, tissues and walls of blood vessels back to the liver.

16. Cleans your body by taking away toxins from your body so your less likely to suffer from diseases such as cancer.

17. You are less likely to have hormonal issues which will prevent less bloating, irritability and help you concentrate.

18. Your body becomes more efficient at burning calories therefore helping you lose weight or just maintain your ideal weight.

19. Your red blood cells increase so more oxygen is carried in your body making your muscles more efficient..

20. Your blood volume increases therefore your organs and cells are better regulated.

21. Your stroke volume increases hence blood is pumped out of your heart which will provide more oxygen to your organs and muscles.

A stronger heart is a physiological benefit of exercise, two hands forming a love heart

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22. Your heart gets stronger so blood is pumped to your muscles efficiently.

23. Your heart can pump out more blood hence more nutrients are distributed around your body.

24. More oxygen is supplied to muscles and organs therefore you are less likely to be out of breath.

25. Decreases your heart rate at rest so you are less likely to suffer from heart disease.

26. Increases capillarisation, in other words more capillaries are formed so your circulation is improved so muscle damage, fatigue and weakness are all reduced.

27. Increases mitochondrial levels.  These are like microscopic engines, that give you power so the more you exercise the more you have.  You guessed right, you have more energy and can exercise longer.

28. Your aerobic enzyme activity increases giving your body more energy therefore you can go on for longer.

29. Your muscle endurance increases.

Bonus Benefit: Muscles burn more calories while your resting (can’t beat that).

This is the second part of four on the benefits of physical activity.  If you missed part 1, then read, The Ultimate List of Health Related Benefits of Physical Activity.

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About the author

Adam Drinkwater

Adam Drinkwater MPharm (Hons) is a YMCA Certified Professional Gym Instructor, Pharmacist, Scottish Football Association Qualified soccer coach, specialising in goalkeeping. He has a keen interest in evidence based information and is a long-time player in the fitness industry. He holds many nutritionist certificates and has a Masters in Pharmacy.

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