Fitness: Treating your body the way you want it to look

Fitness: Treating your body the way you want it to lookTake into consideration the many great health benefits associated with personal fitness, such as weightlifting and cardio activity. All of your hard work will promote a stronger you through visibly added muscle before you know it. Working out also adds to the building and strength (barring proper sleep and diet) of your body in fighting off and keeping away bacterial infections and other illnesses.

Today’s Science takes a look at how working out can slow down the aging process and even rejuvenate your current physical strength but also appearance, according to Frank Frisch, PhD, and director of Kinesiology at Chapman University in Orange. Consider all of the health benefits below, and we promise your heart and mind will thank you!

Give yourself a much needed energy boost

Understand and work for your body to give it the much deserved serotonin and endorphins or natural ‘feel good’ chemicals that will be activated through workout routines—especially cardio such as running or swimming, sports, etc. According to Eric Sternlicht, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology at Chapman University our brain will benefit, and in turn promote increased overall wellness and the ability to be all the more motivated for daily activities and continued workouts.

Improve your skin condition

Through a recent study at McMaster University in Ontario, a test group of individuals aged twenty to eighty-four were tested and questioned on their workout routines and evolution of skin development, maintenance, and condition. Personal fitness over time was reflected in this study to demonstrate increasing the skins ability to elasticize, as well as increase it’s overall ‘glow’ or composition.

Increase the fortitude of your Posture

Increase your muscle strength, and in turn enhance your posture through fitness routines. Through enhancing connections, tightening, and methods of maintenance, your muscles will straighten and commonly repair many otherwise missed hesitations or weak spots throughout your body. Working out also aids in preventing injury as you strengthen not only your core muscles, but also the ligaments and muscles that surround and keep them together and functional—and at optimal levels. You also serve yourself psychologically by boosting confidence, and in turn this will commonly lead to improved posture and how you present yourself to others, physically—as well as mentally.

Enhance your Flexibility

We are able to better service, repair, and maintain our flexibility, as stretching is a major pre-workout and post-workout element to being successful in gains and development. Additionally, the strengthening of various muscle groups, many otherwise unbeknownst to us, will be strengthened through fitness routines–especially full body workouts such as running, swimming, boxing, and other sports.

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