effects of exercise on mind and body

[Lifestyle Guest Post]

Every day you get exposed to harmful toxins in the environment that accumulate inside your body [1].

These can come from seemingly safe chemical products you use at home and pollution during your morning commute to work.

The toxic buildup in your body can manifest in many unpleasant symptoms ranging from mild health conditions like headaches and low energy to more life-threatening ones like cancer and diabetes.

Before you hit the panic button, though, know that your body is equipped with physiological functions that help it naturally detox and return to a healthy state, and that exercises like yoga and meditation can help too.

You have a part to play in making sure that your body is stable enough to work in the way that it should, and one way you can do this is to exercise.

Here are some of the ways that regular exercise can help you eliminate harmful toxins in your body and mind.


How Exercises Removes Toxins From Body And Mind 

Exercise Improves Sleep Quality

 Many studies have shown a link between sleep deprivation and serious health problems like heart attacks and diabetes [2].

Poor-quality sleep can also interfere with your cognitive abilities and keep you from performing well at work or school.

Grogginess and poor concentration resulting from chronic lack of sleep can endanger you and everyone in the workplace. It is also costly for employers because workers become unproductive. In fact, a study has found that insomnia costs $63 billion every year in lost productivity [3].

 If you suffer from insomnia and want to improve the quality of your sleep, one natural way to do it is to integrate exercise into your lifestyle.  [you can also improve sleep with meditation]

When you work out, you increase your body’s temperature, and the decrease that follows at the end of exercising can induce sleepiness. Additionally, physical activity triggers the release of endorphins, which are known to fight anxiety and stress, which can cause insomnia.


Exercise helps us control weight

 One of the reasons why people consume detox drinks and undergo detox programs is to lose weight. Exercise offers the same benefits in a natural way. [you can also lose weight with meditation]

Regular physical activity burns calories, which is important if you want to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Obesity is a growing epidemic worldwide, with patients nearly tripling in number since 1975. Being overweight has many associated health risks, including increased chances of developing diabetes and cancer.

If you struggle to commit to a gym membership, you can start by doing yoga at home. The important thing is that you incorporate exercise into your daily routine until it becomes a lifestyle. Exercises like burpees, planking, and jumping jacks are just a few workouts you can do anywhere without the need for any special equipment.


Boost Digestive Health

You may not give it much thought, but poor digestive health can interfere with your quality of life. These issues can be caused by toxins in your body. Seemingly harmless ingredients in the food you eat such as salt, sugar, preservatives, and others could increase the risk of gut inflammation. Similarly, the fats found in processed food have been known to affect heart and digestive health [4]. Your digestive system plays an important role in naturally eliminating toxins and wastes from your body, and you can count on exercise to help keep it working properly.

A study found that moderate exercises like cycling and jogging increased gut transit in the stomachs of healthy people by 30 percent [5]. Another study also found that doing daily workouts, which include walking for half an hour, significantly improved the symptoms of people suffering from chronic constipation.


Exercise Strengthens Immunity

 Your body’s immune system is your body’s natural defense against disease-causing viruses and germs.

Prevention, as they say, is better than cure, and what better way to prevent getting sick than by improving your body’s natural armor. Exercise is a great way to boost your body’s immune system because it helps flush out toxins and improves blood circulation.

When you engage in physical activities like running, swimming, and cycling, you cause changes in your antibodies and white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting disease [5].

Second, working out also gives you relief from stress, and some studies have found a link between stress hormones and serious health conditions like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease [you can also use these stress-stopping meditations]

Finally, doing cardio exercises helps clear out your lungs and airways and, in doing so, helps prevent colds and flu. 


And That’s How Exercises Helps Mind And Body

There are plenty of ways for you to incorporate exercise into your life. The key thing is to make sure that it fits your lifestyle and personality. For instance, if you are extroverted and prefer highly engaging activities, consider signing up for team sports in your local community.

On the other hand, if you prefer to use exercise as your personal me time, then you can opt to do it at home or sign up at a gym. Finally, if chronic pain gets in the way of you performing physical sports, consider using elastic sports tapes and researching various exercises that will not aggravate any health conditions.


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