“Exercise isn’t just about physical health and appearance. It also has a profound effect on your brain chemistry, physiology, and neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to literally rewire itself). It affects not only your ability to think, create, and solve, but your mood and ability to lean into uncertainty, risk, judgment, and anxiety in a substantial, measurable way…”

The same goes for what you eat. We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat” but we rarely consider just how true that is. Our bodies are constantly using what we feed it for fuel. When we indulge in sugary, fried, or fatty foods the excess of those foods (the content our bodies don’t need for energy at the moment) is converted and stored- as things like fat and cholesterol.

On the other hand, when you’re eating meats, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains- foods high in protein, vitamins, and fiber- your body is infinitely better able to use the content of those foods to your advantage. Protein promotes the growth of lean muscle tissue; the right vitamins can increase your mood, energy, and overall feelings of well-being; and fiber promotes digestive health (which can help you maintain a healthy weight!).

There are countless advantages to eating right and exercising. If the idea of fitting into a specific number on a pair of jeans has become jaded to you, think in terms of your own longevity. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle extend well beyond looking good. So go ahead, indulge in foods that do your body justice, and then resolve to attend your 102nd birthday party.

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For information on the link between exercise and your emotions, READ THIS! http://www.6seconds.org/2011/10/03/exercise-and-emotional-wellbeing/

Then, thank Alex Peake for submitting it for the blog!

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