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5 Benefits of Moving Your Body Daily
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Jessica (She/Her)
Financial Educator
Posted August 13, 2020
Moving your body daily is not only beneficial to our strength and mental health. By getting out and moving our bodies for at least thirty minutes a day, we are helping our bodies and minds function at their best. According to an article by The Mayo Clinic, some of the greatest benefits of moving your body include: reducing stress, controlling your weight, promoting brain health, and help in getting a good night’s rest.
Helps reduce stress
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Moving your body for at least thirty minutes a day by walking, working out, lifting weights or yoga can aid in allowing you to let go of stress, clear your mind, and refocus. According to The Mayo Clinic, after a good walk or workout, you’ll likely feel less stress and more happiness because exercise increases the production of your brain’s endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s way of producing feelings of happiness and reducing pain.
Aids in Brain Health
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According to The Mayo Clinic, exercising and moving your body daily increases your heart rate and helps pump more oxygen to your brain. It aids in the release of neurotransmitters in your brain and allows new brain cells to grow.
Improves sleep quality
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Moving your body daily can help your body relax prior to falling asleep and assist you in a achieving a deeper sleep. After a good night’s rest, you’ll wake up feeling more energized and ready to seize the day.
Reduces the risk of chronic health issues
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Regular physical activity can help reduce risks of chronic conditions like type-two diabetes, heart disease, and many types of cancer. Moving your body daily can also help with depression, anxiety and can reduce the effects of dementia, according to a recent study by Mayo Clinic.
Helps control weight
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Moving your body daily can help control your weight by allowing your body to burn excess calories that would otherwise be stored as fat. It can also inspire you to make healthier food choices. If you are looking for new ways to get your body moving for at least thirty minutes a day, think about simple things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Try taking a walk during your lunch break or getting up to walk around for a few minutes if you have been sitting for a long period of time. Personally, I enjoy getting up and talking a walk to get my day started. When I get back home, I feel refreshed and ready to take on the day.
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