Solon: The short-term benefits of exercise

Mark Yap

Fitness Station

THE American Council for Sports Medicine defines exercise as an activity that requires physical effort to improve and sustain health and fitness. There are a myriad of benefits to exercise, some short-term and others long-term. The short-term effects are great for our mood, while longer-term effects are good for longevity, wellness and general health. Exercise has effects on disease prevention and general function.

Here are some benefits of exercise that you will enjoy right away:

Increased productivity. Research found that participants of a 15-minute exercise class had increased reaction times on working memory tasks immediately after the exercise.

Greater confidence. A study that surveyed 2,000 young people over 23 trials found that regular exercise boosted self-esteem.

Boost metabolism. High-intensity interval workouts maximizes your metabolic profile putting pressure on your metabolism to work harder, even after the workout.

Be happier. Thank you, endorphins! Regardless of the intensity of the workout studies show that you will feel better after 20 minutes of exercise.

Glowing skin. A rise in body temperature increases the skin’s blood flow. Hello, rosy cheeks!

Better sleep. Nothing beats a good night of sleep. Exercise tires us out which helps us sleep deeper and faster as the body’s repair mechanisms happen only when we sleep.

Find an activity you like doing and keep it going. Exercise is good for our health, self-esteem and functionality as we age. As always, consult your doctor before embarking on a physical fitness regimen.


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