7 Surprising Things That Happen When You Exercise

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Dec 16, 2014

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Exercising keeps weight in check, makes you stronger, and keeps you feeling youthful and helps you to stay active in old age. But, did you know that exercise can also bestow upon some unexpected things on you? It’s true.
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    More than Obvious Benefits of Exercising

    Want to be sharper at work? Feel less tired at home? Spend some quality time with your spouse? How about enjoying a cookie without guilt? If you answered "yes" to all of these questions, exercise is the answer. Being physically active offers benefits far beyond the obvious, with an improved physique and a clean bill of health. If you start working out regularly, your body and your life will go through some quantitative changes. Here are some surprising things that will happen once you start getting in shape.

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    You’ll be Happier

    Exercise gives you an endorphin rush that will not only make you happy, but will also block your pain receptors, protecting you from physical and emotional things that could hurt you. Dopamine, a chemical that plays a role in happiness, is a neurotransmitter in the brain that’s necessary for feelings of pleasure and happiness. And, the best way to increase your brain’s dopamine production is to exercise. So run, lift, jump, play and get happy.

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    You’ll have More Energy

    No doubt you’ll have days when you’ll just feel too tired to exercise, when working out is the last thing in the world you would want to do. But no matter how tired you are from a long day at work, taking care of your family or recovering from a busy weekend, exercising regardless will make you feel more energized after your workout than you did before it. So the next time you force yourself to get off the couch and get into workout mode, you’ll most likely feel more energized throughout the rest of the day. And more energy equals greater happiness.

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    You’ll be More Confident

    When you don't feel good about your body or how you look, it's all too easy to have low self-esteem. And that can have a negative effect on all areas of your life including your relationships, your career, and your goals and aspirations. But when you start to exercise and see your body transform, that can quickly change. Because exercise will not only make you like how you look, it will also make you feel stronger, more independent, and more confident. There's nothing like a boost in confidence to increase overall happiness.

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    You’ll Sleep Better

    If you’ve trouble sleeping, skip the sleeping pill and try exercising instead. Staying physically active and working out on a regular basis has been shown to improve sleeping problems, such as insomnia and other sleeping disorders. And not only can regular exercise significantly improve your sleep quality, it can also give you that energy that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning and do things.

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    You’ll be Calm and Comfortable

    If you suffer from anxiety, exercise may be a simple cure. Because recent studies on the effects of exercise show that in people suffering from anxiety, the immediate mood boost from exercise is followed by longer-term relief, similar to that offered by meditation and talk therapy. Anxious people will notice that their symptoms will relieve sooner than they think after they start exercising.

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    You’ll Eat Healthier

    Once you’ve started exercising, you won’t want to spoil the progress you’ve made by eating junk food. Your body will start craving healthier food to provide the nutrients it needs to fuel your exercise. Exercise trims fat and builds muscles. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate and the more calories you burn. So even if you do slip up and eat something unhealthy, you don’t have to worry much because your body will be able to deal with it more efficiently.

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    Your Dumping will be Unexpected

    When you run, your internal organs move around a lot and the blood flow to your intestines decreases. This makes you more likely to want to poop, a phenomenon that is known as runner’s diarrhoea. You may have trouble holding your urine as well, especially if you’re a woman. If you are facing this problem, take up some Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic muscles.

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