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4 Life Changing Non-physical Benefits of Staying Active As You Age

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Ladies, exercise not only helps to keep us fit physically at any age… but it also benefits us socially, emotionally and psychologically as well. You receive so many benefits when you exercise. Your heart becomes strong and it works effortlessly. It easily pumps oxygen throughout your body, which allows all of your different internal and external systems to work properly.

Since all of those systems are interconnected and controlled by your brain, you enjoy more than just physical benefits when you stay active. If you need motivation to exercise take a look at these wonderful nonphysical benefits of staying active that just may change how you think about physical fitness.

1 – You Feel Better About Yourself

When you exercise, “feel good” chemicals and hormones are released by your brain, called endorphins. That’s right, there is a physiological reason you feel great after you exert yourself physically. You truly do feel good about yourself as a person when you exercise on a regular basis.

2 – Your Social Life Benefits

We women are social creatures. Most of us feel better in social settings where our friends, family members and other like-minded individuals spend time with us. When you exercise you promote independence and positive self-worth. This leads to a richer social life. Many exercises and other forms of physical fitness are also social in their very nature, like hiking clubs and cycling or yoga classes.

3 – Your Brain Is Sharper and Your Memory Recall Improves

Studies have shown that frequent exercise actually improves your recall. A physically fit body leads to a sharper mind and excellent memory. Your elevated heart rate pumps blood and the aforementioned oxygen to your brain as well as every other part of your body. This keeps your brain healthy. In a recent study those who exercise regularly were able to recall and remember people, objects and events better than their non-exercising counterparts.

4 – Exercise Defeats Depression and Anxiety

Once again, exercise shows an enormous nonphysical benefit. Isn’t it amazing then that simple exercise on a consistent basis has proven an effective treatment for depression and anxiety? In another study of women as they age, regular physical activity has been directly linked to reduced episodes of anxiety, stress and depression when compared to sedentary women the same age.

So I encourage you to go out and exercise as often as you can. Grab your girlfriend, hubby, dog, or kids and get moving.

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