The Benefits of Exercising

Doing sport doesn't just have physical benefits. It can also help banish depression because of the endorphins it releases.
The Benefits of Exercising
Carlos Fabián Avila

Reviewed and approved by Doctor Carlos Fabián Avila.

Written by Lorena González

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Practicing some sort of exercise is always good for your health. Apart from eating well, you need to do some form of exercise to maintain a good balance.

The benefits of exercising are numerous. For a start, you keep your body active, which helps prevent illnesses.

Plus, it’s good for everybody, especially children and adolescents who are still growing. Furthermore, it helps people keep away from bad habits.

Doing exercise is synonymous with staying healthy. Many studies have shown that maintaining a regular exercise routine has a huge impact on our general well-being, much more than we may even realize.

In this article, we want to share some of the benefits of exercising.

It Helps Lower Stress

A woman looking stressed and annoyed

Exercising is the best thing to do after a long day at work, where all your daily tasks have caused a lot of tension in your muscles.

Doing exercise will help to release the tension. Also, doing it regularly increases your levels of noradrenaline. This chemical substance has the ability to send a signal to the brain to improve your stress response.

Therefore, doing exercise every day will help eliminate stress from your life.

You’ll Look Better For It

A woman in good shape looking at the floor

If you stick to a routine of the right exercises, you’ll keep your body in better shape and you’ll look healthier, too.

As well as doing exercise every day, you obviously need to stick to a good diet as well. While you’re doing more physical activity, your body requires many more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

Keeping your body in shape doesn’t just mean that it looks good on the outside; it also means keeping it in good condition on the inside. This is one of the great benefits of exercise.

It Helps You Be More Confident


It’s been shown that exercising increases people’s self-confidence. Whatever physical activity it is, it will help with your self-esteem.

If you practice a sport, you’ll notice that you feel better, and therefore you’ll see yourself in a better light, too. This confidence boost will help you with all of your day-to-day activities.

Self-esteem also helps prevent other problems like depression. Therefore, we could definitely make a strong claim that exercising helps fight depression.

It Builds a Relationship with Nature

Benefits of exercising

If you exercise outside where you can breathe in the fresh air, this will really help you relax.

There are many sports you can do close to nature: swimming, climbing, canoeing, and hiking, as well as many others.

As well as relieving stress and improving self-esteem, it also increases your absorption of vitamin D. By being exposed to the sunlight for long periods of time, your skin absorbs more of this vitamin.

Remember, during the summer months, the best time to do sport is either in the early hours of the morning, or the late hours of the evening.

It Helps with Sleep

Woman sleeping well because this is one of the benefits of doing sport

Exercising will doubtlessly help you sleep at night. After burning so much energy,your body needs to recover.

You’ll fall asleep quicker and your sleep will be better quality.

If you want to sleep well at night, keep moving throughout the day!

It Helps You Control Addiction

When you keep your body physically active, your body releases a substance called dopamine. This is involved in brain responses to pleasant situations.

Exercising releases a substance that, just like addictive substances, offers a pleasurable sensation.

Even with just small exercise sessions, your mind is distracted and this helps keep addictions and problems at bay.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.