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You’ve been told that regular exercise is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure a longer, healthier lifestyle. You’ve been told that it can help you lose weight, gain happiness, and any number of different things. You’ve been told that it will be a total gamechanger, and your life will never be the same. You’ve been told all of that, sure, but is it true?

What are the real benefits of exercise?

How can you get the most out of them?

Adding to Your Happiness

Exercise can release endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain which stimulate happiness. There are many ways to release endorphins, including eating sugary foods and drinking alcohol, but exercise is clearly the healthiest of those alternatives. As such, exercise can help you improve your mood and make you happier in a direct and tangible way.

Helping You Lose Weight

It should come as no surprise that exercise can help you lose weight. It can be a key way to strengthen your muscles, get your heart rate going at a healthy level, raise your metabolism, and boost your overall energy levels.

Boosting Your Memory

What’s more, it can also boost your memory. A recent study has shown that exercise can help lessen the risk of Alzheimer’s and mitigate the effects of schizophrenia. 

Helping with Sleep

Having trouble falling asleep? Regular exercise can help. A 2006 survey found that 150 minutes per day of moderate to intense exercise can help improve the quality of your sleep by as much as 150%.

Boosting Your Sex Life

Last, but certainly not least, exercise boosts to your libido. What’s more, it can also help you enjoy sex to a greater extent, and pursue it longer. One study showed women in their 40s who performed exercises such as sprints into their lifestyle were more likely to experience orgasms, while another study indicated that men who exercised for several hours every week “performed” higher on “sexual function scores.”

All of these factors combine to give just a glimpse of how beneficial regular exercise can be.