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The Science Behind Looking & Feeling Younger with Exercise

  • April 17, 2015

It’s common knowledge that regular exercise is good for your body and for your mind, but very few people actually understand exactly why this is the case. In today’s culture, the majority of discussions surrounding exercise tend to focus on the weight loss benefit of working out, but there is so much more to exercise than slimming down. Today, we’d like to take a moment to explore the scientific reasons that exercise is so beneficial at every stage of life.

Staying Active Means Staying Young

Exercise naturally helps to increase your body’s production of a vital biochemical known as human growth hormone, or HGH. HGH promotes fat loss and the growth of healthy muscle, staving off the common physical symptoms of aging. At around the age of 30, both men and women experience a decline in levels of HGH, making exercise all the more important for individuals who have reached this point in their lives. In order to ensure that an optimal level of HGH is released during your workout, exercise should be intense and regular. High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, has become an increasingly popular and well-known method of boosting HGH production.

Exercising also increases the production of “feel-good” chemicals in the brain, including dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. In fact, exercise has often been described as one of the most effective (and natural) antidepressant activities. In addition, the increased blood flow to your brain during and directly after exercise has been shown to increase your focus and mental energy. It even helps to promote new brain cell growth.

As if these benefits weren’t enough to support the argument for routine exercise, studies have shown that working out regularly can actually reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer. Men, for example, are 40 percent less likely to die from cancer when they incorporate weight training into their weekly regimen. Women who are active are between 30 and 40 percent less likely to suffer from colon cancer if they are regularly active and 20 to 30 percent less prone to breast cancer as compared to inactive women.

Start Getting Fit Today

For many Americans, the most challenging aspect of any exercise regimen is simply getting started. There are plenty of excuses to procrastinate (not enough time, too tired after work, no convenient gym nearby), but all of these can be overcome more easily than you may think. Even 15 to 30 minutes of intense exercise per day can dramatically improve your health and your state of mind.

Whether you need a little help feeling motivated or you’d like to learn more about the science that supports exercise as a necessary part of your life, our team is here to help. Contact us today to speak to a helpful member of our staff or to schedule a consultation with Dr. DiGiallorenzo. We want to become your partners in your ongoing journey toward a healthier, more fulfilling life. Our Williamsport, PA and Collegeville, PA locations proudly serve communities in Sunbury, Pottstown, Lock Haven, Bloomberg, and beyond.