By: Michael Brandon, DCS
The word “exercise”; love it or leave it, as humans we are meant to move, and since most of us don't have to literally fight to stay alive and find our food and shelter like our ancestors did, physical activity is now something we have to “find time” in our society to do.
Whether the desire is to be healthier, become thinner, pack on more muscle, or maybe just looking for something new to do that you can be proud of, exercise can help with it all. Your body also highly rewards you for doing it. We all know at least one person who seems addicted to exercise, and in a very real way, they may be. Being physically active literally releases “happy” hormones throughout your body to increase your mood and reward you for doing whatever activity it is you just accomplished. If you have ever heard of endorphins, they are in part responsible for those feelings and why some people get the feeling of “runners high” after they exercise or play a sport.
Physical activity though does so much more, and the benefits it brings may surprise you. Many people are aware of things like osteoporosis, hypertension, depression, and atherosclerosis, and some may even know at least parts of how exercise can help these issues. Do you know how ,and if not, are you curious?
Osteoporosis is basically brittle bones that could occur as we age, but exercise has repetitively been proven to be one of, if not the best way to help prevent it. Similar to how lifting heavy weights can make you stronger, your bones get a similar effect as well. They will increase in size, get harder, and overall healthier and it will help to prevent broken bones.
At some point during or slightly after exercise, your body goes through many chemical changes like releasing endorphins as stated above. It also causes release of nitric oxide, or NOS, which helps make arteries and veins larger for more blood to pass through to help with lowering blood pressure. NOS also helps with destroying and preventing “gunk” called plaque from forming in the blood vessels, which is the basis for what is known as atherosclerosis.
Maybe you are a healthy individual that has no major health concerns and are still looking for a justification as to how exercise can help you. What if I say that it can help with your performance in school and work? Exercise increases blood flow and strengthens certain areas of our brains, such as a segment called the hippocampus, which helps us learn, remember what we've learned, and even help us sleep.
Point being, there's something that exercise can help in all of us. To some, just knowing that is enough, but perhaps you'd like to know more details as to how exactly exercise helps with the conditions above and more. If so, feel free to follow the link to a more in depth, but either way, go enjoy a day in the gym, or a game of your favorite sport, and reap the benefits that exercise has to offer!
FULL ARTICLE- Exercise- The Body's Reward System
Your Donation May be Tax Deductible As BioHackers Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The BioHackers are a 501c3 non-profit group organized to scientifically understand and develop ideas and methods to advance human performance.