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5 NEW Reasons to Exercise // by Rachel Denay

By November 8, 2016Health & Fitness


  1. Kinesthesiologist Marian Kohut from Iowa State University led a study that showed exercising after receiving your flu shot may double its effects. Those who exercised for 90 minutes after they received their shot had double the antibody response. Exercise boosts immune response and helps circulate the vaccine away from the injection site. Read more here: http://archive.news.iastate.edu/news/2011/oct/exerciseflu


  1. After practicing a new skill, immediately do a cardio workout. You will retain the skill much better the following week! Read the fully study here: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0044594


  1. You’ll concentrate better on tests and have better self control. When exercising, your frontal lobe (the one responsible for executive decision making) receives more oxygen-rich blood. Read more here: http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2013/02/13/bjsports-2012-091441


  1. It can keep you from being a crazy, memory losing old person. When the elderly exercised for a year, their hippocampus (the part of your brain that helps with memory) increased in size by 2 percent. That reduces dementia risk and sharpens memory recall skills. It only requires 40 minutes of aerobic walking three times weekly. Read more here: http://freud.psy.ohio-state.edu/lab/CNL/The_Lab.html


  1. If you’re anxious, moderate to intense aerobic exercise will help! The chemicals released during and after exercise help alleviate those anxiety disorders that weigh us down. Read more about them here: http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/managing-anxiety/exercise-stress-and-anxiety





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