Understanding U

Body Benefits of Exercise

  1. Immediate Results:
    • DNA begins to flip genetic switches that direct muscles to make better use of oxygen and fuel to meet the increased demand
  2. Upon Finishing Your Workout:
    •  Your brain’s prefrontal cortex – crucial to memory and attention span – gets busy as levels of Dopamine and BDNF jump
      • These substances spur faster connections and facilitate critical thinking
  3. After an Hour:
    • Your metabolism stays revved thanks to your faster heart rate and breathing
      • That means your body consumes extra calories
      • Higher levels of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin boost mood and lower stress
  4. After a Day:
    • U will feel sore thanks to the breakdown of muscle fibers
      • But, that’s a good signal
        • When your body repairs those fibers, it rebuilds them stronger to withstand the demands U are making
  5. After a Week:
    • The power plants in your muscles – mitochondria – start proliferating. U will have more stamina and strength, but as U adjust to activity, U may feel more fatigue n- and U will start sleeping sounder at night
  6. After a Month:
    • Your lungs are getting stronger and better at oxygenating your blood
      • That helps the body burn calories for energy and translates into more daily energy for chores, work, and whatever challenges come your way
  7. After 6 Months:
    • Your muscles will look more toned: all that breaking down and rebuilding of muscle fiber give U a lean, athletic look
      • U will also crave exercise more and be ready for new challenges
      • Your heart will be stronger as well
  8. After a Year:
    • U will have dropped at least a couple of sizes and your clothes will fit much better
    • Your bones will be much stronger thanks to the demands of your workout, protecting U from fracture and osteoporosis
  9. Over a Lifetime:
    • Achieving fitness early in life eases aging: research has found that when people are active through the decades even if they do just 5 sessions a month – they retain more strength, balance, coordination, and quickness

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