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Besides the usual benefits of weight loss, healthier lifestyle and improvement in mood levels, studies have found that picking up a new sport could change and strengthen the brain. Regular exercise is said to have an impact on the brain, as learning a new physical skill leads to increases in the volume of gray matter in parts of the brain related to movement control. Exercise also increases the number of new brain cells created in parts of the brain that are integral to memory and thinking.
Here are some types of exercises which you could benefit from picking up:
Tennis, squash or badminton are a great workout for your shoulders, forearms and hips. As these sports require a stable stance while playing the shot, you’ll find that your overall body stability increases over time, as you work on other major muscles like your knees, thighs and core muscles.
Other health benefits include prevention of osteoporosis, as the constant movement strengthens your joints and muscles.
Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. Tight hips can strain the knee joint due to improper alignment of the thigh and shinbones and tight hamstrings can lead to a flattening of the lumbar spine which causes back pain. Inflexibility in muscles and connective tissue, such as fascia and ligaments, can also lead to poor posture. This in turn causes even more back, neck, muscle and joint problems. The poses in yoga emphasize on stretching and finding the right alignment, therefore helping you to solve these issues.
Swimming has been proven to be one of the best forms of exercise, helping one to manage his/ her weight. Expect to burn around 367 calories after just 30 minutes of breaststroke - more than other forms of exercise like walking, cycling and even running.
Another study also shows that swimmers are less prone to tension, depression, anger and confusion when they’ve been swimming. This is due to the release of the feel-good hormone serotonin, which means you’re likely to feel more relaxed after a couple of laps in the pool.
Plyometrics is a form of exercise that involves power jumping, repetitive bounding and quick force production. When your muscles contract or shorten, then immediately stretch and lengthen, they produce maximal power ideal for athletic situations. Plyometrics are ideal for athletes or people looking to improve muscular power, speed and strength and also help facilitate weight loss. Finally, this form of exercise will help to tone and define your muscles.
How to start on a new exercise regime
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