Exercise: What the doctor ordered

Exercise: What the doctor ordered

DNU - High Fitness Branded PostIs a HIGH Fitness class your happy place? You’re not alone. Exercise can be an ally in both mental and physical areas of health and boosts benefits beyond the physical.

But why is that?

You can thank evolution, for one. We’re hard-wired to feel pleasure from movement. Specifically, exercise releases feel-good chemicals in the brain known as endorphins. This means people who work out regularly may struggle less with motivation because over time it becomes second nature. That’s why regular exercisers sometimes feel off when they miss a workout or two.

Another bonus is that fitness has the power to unite us. Regardless of our age, fitness level, or socioeconomic status, it affords us the opportunity to feel like we’re part of something larger than ourselves. It’s addicting almost. There’s a reason some people crave the energy that comes from a crowd in a race — or a HIGH Fitness class.

Need to impress your boss in time for that promotion? Research shows that people who exercise regularly are more productive. And after a busy day, you likely can’t wait to get some shuteye. Just a half hour of moderate cardio is enough to improve sleep quality. Just consider timing — some people may have difficulty falling asleep if the workout is too close to bedtime. That’s because exercise can invigorate the mind and body and you don’t want that when you’re trying to wind down.

Speaking of energy, it can be a vicious cycle. You’re too tired to work out, but you feel worse when you don’t exercise. Yikes! The good news is that exercise can boost energy levels in healthy people and may lessen the symptoms of certain medical conditions. (Just be sure to get your doctor’s blessing before engaging in strenuous activity.)

The lesson here? Exercise is a powerful antidote. Join us!