You’re probably sick of hearing about the benefits of exercise. But I don’t care. Here are some of the benefits of exercise that you need to know:
- Exercise stimulates the production of Erythopoietin (EPO). EPO is responsible for the creation of new red blood cells in bone marrow. New red blood cells have more hemoglobin, which enables them to carry more oxygen to the body. Oxygen = fuel for the brain, tissues and muscles. Exercise increases the ability of red blood cells to fuel the body.
- Exercise activates an enzyme called Telomerase. Telomerase protects telomeres. Telomeres are like caps at the end of every chromosome. Telomeres control the number of times a cell can divide. Cells that lose their telomere die. When cells die it’s called aging. Exercise, therefore, increases the life span of cells, allowing you to live longer.
- Exercise increases the volume of nerve tissue in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a part of the brain responsible for memory and learning. Exercise, therefore, increases your ability to remember and learn.
- Exercise increases neurogenesis. Neurogenesis = the growth of brain cells and synapses (brain cells that talk to one another). Exercise, therefore, increases the growth of brain cells and the number of synapses you have inside your brain.
- Exercise reduces cancer. Regular exercise of 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week has been proven to reduce cancer by between 25% to 50%.
FYI, in my Rich Habits study those who were rich exercised on average 30 minutes a day, four days a week. Those who were poor did not. Because the rich exercised more than others, they had more fuel, aged less, had better memories, were able to learn more, had more brain cells, had more brain cells that talked to one another and were less prone to cancer.