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We all know that exercise helps with weight-loss. But what else is it good for? Turns out – a whole host of things.

1. It increases your energy Fitness woman skipping with a jump rope outdoors. Female doing fitness training in morning.

If you often find yourself half asleep or lagging by the time the afternoon hits – try exercising. We still don’t know 100% what it is about exercise that causes this, but it seems to be true. One study found that subjects experienced reduced fatigue after six weeks of consistent exercise!

2. You’ll sleep better Photo of a woman sleeping

You might not naturally think that exercise is the key to your sleep – but it just might be. Exercise puts your body to work – resulting in the body losing a lot of energy. As a way of recuperating, the body takes to resting, hence better sleep!

3. It improves your memory and brain function Concentrated dark skinned copywriter in eyewear typing text of publication for web site working on freelance, serious afro american student searching information for homework project in network

Faster heart rate, better blood flow to the brain, more oxygen to the brain – which leads to better brain performance. Not bad huh? It’s also rumoured to help the hippocampus, which is vital for memory and learning.

4. It boosts your mood Shot of beautiful female runner standing outdoors holding water bottle. Fitness woman taking a break after running workout.

Want to feel happier? Workout more. That thing Elle Woods says in Legally Blonde is true – exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy. Studies have shown that people suffering from depression feel significantly better after consistent exercise.

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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