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More Ways that Working Out Pays Off

This is part two of our series about some of the ways that regular exercise can pay off for you. As in Part 1, we recap part of the Time Magazine article from July 4, 2016 called “The New Reasons to Exercise” from author Alexandra Sifferlin.


“It Can Curb Cravings

Exercise may be the key to keeping your appetite in check. A study published in April found that people who exercised for 15 minutes after doing mental work, like what we all do at the office each day, ate 100 fewer calories than people who did mental work and then remained sedentary. ‘Exercise has the ability to increase available fuel sources in the body that may signal to the brain, ‘Here is the energy source I need. I don’t need to replenish it through food,’ says study author William H. Neumeier of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.”

“It May Stave Off Depression

Working out regularly might prevent depression, not just assuage it, according to a study published in February 2015. Researchers looked at 10 years’ worth of data and found that women who were meeting the current guidelines for exercise, 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise, reported about 50% fewer depressive symptoms than women who didn’t exercise as much. And the more the women reported exercising, the less likely they were to have signs of depression.”


“It Has Mind-Body Benefits

A survey published in June 2015 of more than 500 respondents who practice yoga found that while people initially tried it for exercise and stress relief, most say their reason for practicing changed as they continued. ‘I think because yoga is such a mind-body practice, people find themselves being more relaxed and more mindful,’ says study author Crystal L. Park of the University of Connecticut. ‘They start going back for those things. It’s clearly something people deeply resonate with.’”


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