“Health is wealth” is something you have heard more often than necessary. With the increasing amount of pollution and population, more and more people are becoming prone to different diseases across the country. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), around 45% of Australians are prone to have a mental illness during their lifetime while 63% are either overweight or obese 1. With such big percentages that show unhealthiness, what can Australians do?

It’s Time To Exercise!

It’s no secret that exercise can do wonders to your body and brain. Yes, the brain can also benefit a lot from moving your body in intervals and controlled movements.

Here are 5 major benefits that will definitely convince you to get up and move around.

1. It helps boost your IQ

This benefit has a lot of contention between scientists and doctors because a good number of them claim that IQ is based on genetics. However, that doesn’t mean that your IQ stays stagnant all your life. Research shows that those who have exercise regularly can increase their IQ. However, don’t expect to have substantial leaps in intelligence. Exercise can only aid in stretching your cognitive abilities so that you are able to take on more complex problems.

2. It exercises your concentration

When you exercise, there is a certain degree of concentration needed to ensure that you get the benefits of each movement you do. This, in turn, has an effect on how your brain is able to concentrate. Studies show that those who frequently exercise are able to focus better on work.

3. It helps you manage stress and emotions better

A lot of people use exercise as their outlet whenever they feel strong emotions. They claim that they feel a lot better after and there is actually scientific evidence that backs this up. This is because exercises reinforce the release of neurochemicals in the brain like endorphins and dopamine. Both chemicals are known to make you feel better or at least, lighter after a stressful event.

4. It slows the aging process

While you will always grow old no matter what you do, exercise will help slow down the signs of aging. For one thing, those who exercise look younger and look happier. You will notice that there is a certain glow in them. Exercise can also help tone their bodies so that the skin doesn’t sag easily.

5. It reduces the risk of catching a disease

There are many ways as to how exercise greatly reduces the risk of getting a disease. For one thing, it exercises your heart and it allows your heart to pump blood to the different parts of the body. Proper blood circulation goes a long way in health because your different organs are supplied with the nutrients they need in order to function at their best.

Surely, one of these advantages has convinced you that there are big benefits when you exercise regularly. If you think you don’t have the time, 15 minutes of each day would be enough to keep your body in shape.


1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2018, Australia’s health 2018: in brief

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