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7 Amazing Things That Happen When You Sweat It Out

n the wise words of one Miss Elle Woods, Esq., "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy." But that's just the beginning.

From the moment you clip in and step up to the beat, major transformations are going down in your body. Here are seven awesome things that happen when you sweat it out:

1. Blood flow to your brain makes you think more clearly. That moment when you have an epiphany in the middle of a hard workout? It's not a coincidence. An increase in blood flow to the brain, combined with a spike in activity to the hippocampus during exercise, leads to a clearer, more decisive mind.

2. Your post-workout glow lasts even longer. The bright, invigorated look of post-sweat skin isn't just a temporary benefit: Studies have shown that a consistent schedule of exercise fights against signs of aging, leaving the active participant with more youthful-looking skin.

3. Healthy bacteria in your gut balance your digestive system. Exercise may help your abs emerge on the outisde, but it's also working magic on the inside of your stomach. A study into exercise and gut health found that aerobic activity led to an increase in the diversity of bacteria in the digestive system, improving health.

4. Your sex drive improves. Get your heart rate up in class today to better get down tonight. Researchers have found that exercise has a positive effect on sexual arousal in both men and women. You'll get that heart rate back up during sex, resulting in the best kind of cyclical benefits.

5. Stress and anxiety are reduced. Feeling anxious or stressed? Sweating it out is not just a metaphor. Research has shown that the combination of the release of positive brain chemicals like endorphins, an increase in body temperature, and a decrease in negative immune system chemicals can help diminish feelings of stress or anxiety.

6. You crave healthy food. That post-SOUL juice isn't just for the Instagram. A study recently found that thanks to the transfer effect, you will naturally begin to crave healthier foods as you exercise.

7. You sleep better. Dragging your feet all day? Researchers have studied the relationship between exercise and sleep, finding that regular aerobic exercise makes it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep, which in turn has a positive effect on mental health and daytime energy.

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Article by Maddie Boardman
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