Almost every day, a new study comes up that shows the benefits of exercise. Even people who have nothing to do with working out have a vague idea about the importance of exercise in their daily lives.
Benefits of exercise are a major reason Silicon Valley giants like Apple, Google and their ilk come out with products like smart watches that focus on tracking and eventually improving your fitness levels. This rise in demand for fitness technology has given rise to companies like Fitbit and Jawbone.
Without any further ado, here are five of the most shocking benefits of exercise you didn’t know about:
1. Boosts Your Self-Confidence
Exercise isn’t given its fair share of credit when it comes to its psychological benefits. Apart from making you aesthetically appealing, working out conditions your brain to work at its optimal levels, making you better at everything you do.
As the old proverb goes: “A healthy mind resides in a healthy body.” When you are in good shape and you look in the mirror, you are subconsciously telling yourself you’re ready to face any challenge that comes your way.
This newly acquired self-confidence will show in everything you do. You will start to have a certain surety in the decisions you make. Having ample self-confidence is the first step toward becoming a leader in every aspect of life.
2. Gives You Radiating Skin
Time and again, studies have proven the benefit of working out when it comes to your skin. By increasing blood flow to all parts of your body, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin.
In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells. Contrary to some claims, exercise doesn’t detoxify the skin. The job of neutralizing toxins belongs mostly to the liver.
By increasing blood flow, a bout of exercise helps flush cellular debris out of the system. You can think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside. So, all that sweat isn’t for nothing; it’s doing good things to your body without you even knowing it.