Dr. Michael Joyner is a giant in the world of human performance. He is an anesthetist and exercise physiologist with the Mayo Clinic. He knows a lot about movement and how your body reacts to it.
He says exercise leads to a myriad of mind and body benefits.
“In almost all circumstances, exercise makes your blood vessels healthier,” says Joyner. “Exercise also helps the nerves that control your heart and breathing work better, and protects you from irregular heartbeat. Exercise has powerful anti-diabetic effects.”
And he says exercise also has many positive psychological effects, including improving mood and reducing symptoms of depression.
A study in the journal Current Biology shows that exercise for obese people reduces the amount of calories burned at rest, making it difficult to lose weight. Not fair. But Joyner encourages people to keep exercising because the benefits to your body and mind go way beyond burning calories.
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