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More reasons to move it, move it

We can often get caught in the trap of exercising to lose weight or to improve our body shape, setting goals of 4 sessions per week or 5kg of weight to lose.

 

In doing so, exercise becomes an activity with an outcome, and we can often get disheartened if we don't reach our goals.

 

While weight loss and moving more are great exercise goals, there are so many other benefits to moving more, many of which can be more rewarding. We've picked some of our favourite reasons for you below...

 

Improve your mood

 

Exercise not only makes you feel good while you are doing it, but it also has long lasting effects after you've finished. In fact, exercise has been labelled the 'magic pill' for mental health with research demonstrating that exercise can be as successful as antidepressant medication in the treatment of mild to moderate depression in adults who had previously  been inactive. (Source: Black Dog Institute)

 

Give your brain a boost

 

As we age, we lose brain function and memory. However research shows that exercise helps prevent age-related decrease in brain matter, and enhances cognitive ability and memory. According to the Alzheimer's Research & Prevention Foundation, regular physical exercise can also reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by up to 50%. (Source: Your Brain Matters)

 

Add some spice to your sex life

 

Of course a little fitness never goes astray in the bedroom, but it is also well documented that exercise can help improve your sex life. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health studied 31,000 men and found that those who exercised vigorously for 20 to 30 minutes a day were 30% less likely to report erectile dysfunction than their sedentary counterparts showing that increased fitness is not only good for your heart but good for your other organs as well. (Source:  WebMD)

Sleep sound

 

Exercise is a natural sleeping pill, with research showing that people who exercise regularly also sleep better.

Participants in a Stanford University Medical School study who undertook a moderate intensity exercise program, fell asleep on average 15 minutes earlier and slept around 45 minutes longer than before. Research also shows that people who exercise have a lower likelihood of insomnia and a higher quality of sleep overall.  (Source: The Sleep Foundation)

 

So what are you waiting for? Get moving today.