Exercise is SO important for your body but many people can find they don’t enjoy it or don’t make time for it. But when we start exercising regularly, we see changes in our mental and physical state. Sometimes in ways we don’t even realize!
So how does our body react when you exercise?
HEART – When we exercise, our blood starts pumping harder, sending more oxygen to our organs and muscles. This stimulates the growth of new blood vessels that can lower your blood pressure. Also, over time your heart will get used to this increased blood flow and will lower its resting heart rate.
BRAIN – It’s pretty hard to feel down after a good workout! This is because your brain releases endorphins which is commonly referred to as the “runner’s high” during exercise. The increased blood flow to your brain also makes us more alert and energized during the workout and afterward, and decreases the risk of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
MUSCLES – Exercise makes our muscles get bigger! When we exercise, micro tears are formed in our muscles. As the muscles heal, they grow back bigger and stronger. These micro tears are why we feel sore after a workout! Over time our bodies will adapt to this cycle and will become more efficient at repairing itself.
IMMUNE SYSTEM – Your immune system gets stronger! No, it won’t mean you are invincible, but studies have shown that it can help fight against invaders. Since your blood is pumping harder, it can deliver antibodies and white blood cells quicker throughout our body.
This is why you need to find the physical activity that works the best for you! Not everyone’s version of exercise looks the same. If you struggle to find joy in exercising then try experimenting with different activities! Biking, going on hikes, taking dance classes, kayaking, or taking brisk walks, etc. are all great options. Or find a new activity each week to avoid feeling bored.
It goes to show that if we nourish our body with regular physical activity, our body will return the favor and make us feel awesome.