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Have You Considered All the Ways that Working Out Pays Off?

Have You Considered All the Ways that Working Out Pays Off? 

Time Magazine ran a great article on July 4, 2016 called “The New Reasons to Exercise.” You may think of exercise solely as a way to burn calories or improve muscle tone. But in this article, author Alexandra Sifferlin points out some other lesser known benefits of regular exercise. Here in Part 1, we cover a few of them:

It Reduces Risk of Serious Cancers

To better understand the role of fitness in cancer prevention, researchers at the National Cancer Institute analyzed data from 1.4 million people who reported their physical-activity levels over a period of 11 years. People who were more active had a 20% lower risk of certain serious cancers, including cancer of the esophagus, lung, kidney, stomach and endometrium, according to a study published in May. This builds on earlier research showing that exercise can significantly reduce the risk of colorectal and other cancers.

It Improves Memory

For more than a decade, researchers have connected exercise to better brain health over time. But a new study found that just a single session of exercise can improve memory retention in the hours that follow. The report, published in the journal Current Biology, suggests that exercising four hours after learning a task can help people remember that task over the long term. Experts speculate that exercise triggers the release of neurotransmitters in the brain that lead to the creation of certain proteins that encourage memory retention.

It Increases Energy

In a report published in June, men who cycled for 20 minutes experienced a 166% increase in self-reported energy levels, compared with a 15% increase when they sat and did nothing for the same amount of time. The study size was small, but it’s not the first to suggest exercise as a drug-free way to alleviate symptoms of fatigue. “If people need a reason to work out, the energy boost is a worthwhile one,” says study author Patrick J. O’Connor of the department of kinesiology at the University of Georgia.

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