Exercise benefits that aren’t about weight loss

young fitness woman runner running on trail

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) You watch the calorie count tick up on the treadmill, the mileage stack up on your app, then you nervously watch for the numbers to go down on the scale. Sometimes the effort of exercise gets wrapped up in how your body is changing on the outside, not on the inside. So what is the big picture? Hello Healthy breaks down some exercise benefits that aren’t about weight loss.

  1. Relieves stress and anxiety
  2. Improves learning and memory
  3. Improves self-esteem and body image
  4. Strengthens the heart
  5. Builds stronger bones
  6. Promotes quality sleep
  7. Provides a bonding experience with loved ones
  8. Improves mood
  9. Increases metabolism
  10. Improves digestion
  11. Reduces disease risk
  12. Decreases appetite

Learn more about each of these benefits on this Hello Healthy blog from MyFitnessPal.

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