Scientifically Proven Benefits of Exercises - Specifically Cardiovascular Exercises (NOT stretching or toning or weight)

I am a health advocate and enthusiast. I am grateful to be born into this world with a clean bill of health. To me, health is one of the few investments in my life worth investing in.

Having lived and worked in Thailand for a number of years, I noticed that people there don't do a lot of outdoor exercises. It was very rare to see a local person, in their exercise gears going for a run, a jog or even a walk.

However, what I often saw is that people get ferried about on motorcycle taxis, tuk-tuks and in air-conditioned vehicles.

What really piqued my curiosity was why no-one seems to like walking, even for really short distances such as a hundred metres or so. One day, while having my hair done, I asked my hairdresser why this is the case. She chuckled politely and said: "Don't you know walking, running, any form of strenuous exercise gives you big legs? Not pretty for girls." I was flabbergasted.
Have you ever wondered why there are so many motorbikes in countries like Thailand and Vietnam?

There are so many benefits of exercises that most people in the world are not even aware of. These benefits are scientifically proven and a lot of research and studies have been written. If you want to have a happier, more fulfilling life, I invite you to continue reading.

Cognitive Benefits:
  • thought processing skills: problem solving, planning, organising, and behaviours
  • improve Cardiovascular health is linked to increased IQ
  • increase the ability to focus and concentrate
  • responsiveness, attention to detail, mental agility in stressful situations
  • strengthen and bolster your willpower and self-control
  • enhances emotional intelligence and promotes calming attitudes
  • intensify short-term memory and help in comprehension, interpretation and manipulation of information
  • improve long-term memory, i.e. exercise prior to study will improve recall ability
  • faster at understanding and therefore faster at problem-solving
Psychological Benefits:
  • alleviate stress
  • increase emotional resilience, optimism & positive attitude
  • reduce anxiety
  • increase pain tolerance
  • effective in preventing depression
  • improve mood
  • improve self-esteem
  • increase happiness level
Neurological Benefits:
  • increase resilience to stress - better health, better decision-making, more control in daily life
  • increase in mental energy level
  • reduce fatigue and inertia
  • increase in 'white' & 'grey' brain matter, i.e. makes your brain bigger
  • decrease or slow down brain shrinkage (due to ageing)
  • increase development of new brain cells
Lifestyle Benefits:
  • alleviate anxiety disorder symptoms
  • help people with ADHD without side effects
  • eradicate insomnia and improve your quality of sleep
  • reduce migraines and headaches
  • reduce risks of stroke and cardiovascular diseases
  • decrease risks of dementia and alzheimer
  • exercise changes your diet for the better
  • increase productivity in work and study
  • boost creativity 
  • help prevent and recover from substance abuse (e.g., drugs, alcohol addiction)
  • jumpstart learning
  • improve academic performance and professional productivity
  • reduce ageing - look better and younger.

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