In the year 1490, Leonardo da Vinci created one of the most infamous drawings of all times, Vitruvian Man. In this drawing, you not only see beautiful art, but you see movement, human anatomy and physiology. The human body was meant for movement. Although you are already moving on a daily basis just by walking to your car, cooking, bathing and other activities, there are still many more movements to keep your body healthy. The list is endless for how your body improves with exercise. Below you will find seven ways exercise can improve your health.
- Cardiovascular: Your heart becomes stronger as the blood is pumping. You are increasing circulation and strengthening your heart and vasculature.
- Memory: Exercise promotes blood flow to your brain and keeps your mind stimulated. This stimulation enhances memory function.
- Skin: Your blood is pumping more and not only does that give you a radiant glow, but it also improves your skin by providing blood to the surface that carries nutrients to help keep your skin healthy.
- Allergies: As you can see a common theme, exercise helps many systems through blood flow. The more you move, the more your blood flows. When you keep your blood flowing, you are circulating toxins and allergens out of your body. You are opening up your nasal passages and that can help when you feel congested due to seasonal allergies.
- Hunger: When you exercise you may feel appetite suppression. That can be beneficial when you are feeling cravings between mealtimes. Exercise can help you through those cravings.
- Mood: When you exercise, you secrete natural mood boosters through endorphins and serotonin. This can help you feel happier and less depressed.
- Digestion: The blood flowing through your body when you exercise can boost your digestive tract health. This blood flow can alleviate constipation symptoms and keep your intestinal tract regulated.