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8 Proven Benefits of Exercise (That Have Nothing to Do With Weight Loss)

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If you’ve ever left a workout class feeling like you can take on the world, or a bad day seems to totally turn around after going on a run, you already know this one.

The mood boost you feel after exercise doesn’t just come from a motivating instructor or crazy-good playlist (although those things help): it’s biological. “Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that help you to feel happier, more relaxed, and less anxious,” explained Dr.

Kristin Hughes MD, a board-certified emergency medicine physician and concierge health strategist. “Exercise regulates mood because it helps the body move from ‘fight-or-flight’ mode to ‘rest-and-digest mode,'” agreed Martha Munroe M.Sc., a certified personal trainer.

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