clean your brain and bowels
Some of the greatest benefits of exercise are hiding beneath the surface. As scientists learn more, it appears exercise can “speed the removal of garbage from inside our body’s cells.”
Studies suggest that regular exercise helps the cells inside your body sweep away debris, such as viruses and bacteria, that accumulate over time.
Daily workouts may even help clear debris from your brain. A series of laboratory experiments with animals found that regular exercise reverses the adverse effects of a high-fat diet on the brain. These studies suggest that exercise stimulates the production of substances in the brain that degrade the plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Fortunately, the amount of exercise that protected the brains of lab rats and mice is equivalent to about a 30-minute run for humans. Any vigorous activity should do the trick. You don’t need to be a long-distance runner to get these benefits from exercise. As long as your body is literally in motion for a few hours a day, it keeps things from slowing down, clogging up, and settling in.
This helps explain why experts recommend regular exercise to avoid constipation and to maintain regularity. There is a reason why marathon routes are lined with portable restrooms. Between this and the sweat you produce during intense activity, exercising is one of the most rapid ways to keep your body from clogging up and slowing down.