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Sarah Coleman: Work out and feel good

Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table as Explore's health and fitness contributor.
Joel Reichenberger

— We all know working out makes us look good and feel good but what are some of the other benefits linked to exercise?

Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help in more ways than you may realize. This is a partial list of “extra benefits” you may get from getting your fit on. I guarantee you will sleep better tonight with your newfound knowledge.

Better sleep



You will get more quality ZZ’s and feel less tired during the day from regular exercise. No, I am not talking about the kind of ZZ’s you get from the Double ZZ. Seriously, it is proven you will sleep better, have more energy during the day, be more attentive and feel less of an afternoon slump if you get your 30 minutes of exercise (at least) per day.

Reduces pain



We often think we want to lie down when we are in pain. However, movement can help loosen joints and eliminate discomfort. With cardiovascular, strengthening and flexibility exercise, you can also overcome that pain threshold and keep moving. Next time your back twinges, take a yoga class or go on a walk. You will be surprised at the result, and you may lose a few extra pounds in doing so.

Boosts happy chemicals

If this isn’t enough to get you moving, what is? Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria. Studies have shown that exercise can even alleviate symptoms among the clinically depressed. Feeling a little blue? Go get your sweat on and start smiling. Even a small amount of movement can turn that frown upside down.

Helps control addiction

Try replacing certain addictions with “better” addictions, like exercise. The brain releases dopamine, the “reward chemical,” in response to any form of pleasure. Unfortunately, some people become addicted to dopamine, and as a result, are dependent upon the substances that produce it, like drugs or alcohol. On the bright side, exercise can help in addiction recovery because you will feel a natural high while doing it. So, go get hooked today.

Better sex

Who doesn’t want better sex? Plain and simple, exercise will make you more confident in the bedroom, give you longer stamina and make you look sexy while doing it. I think we can all agree on this one.

There you have it, a few reasons to keep at it this spring to have a happy and healthy summer. Feel good, look good and keep boosting those happy chemicals. With more happiness comes better health, and with better health comes more wealth.

And remember, “I regret that workout,” said no one, ever!

Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table. Currently training, coaching and managing at Steamboat CrossFit in beautiful Steamboat Springs, she provides flawless technique and a positive attitude. Taking fitness to new levels, she uses the outdoor environment, your living room or work space, as well as the gym to influence and push her clientele. Funky knee socks and outrageous colors make Sarah unique, which transfers into her training and brings a smile to everyone’s face.


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