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1. Exercise Boosts Brainpower Not only does exercise improve your body, it helps your mental function, says certified trainer David Atkinson. "Exercise increases energy levels and increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity," says Atkinson, director of program development for Cooper Ventures, a division of the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas. All that makes for a more productive day. "It is clear that those who are active and who exercise are much more productive at work," says Todd A. Astorino, assistant professor of kinesiology at California State University-San Marcos. Improved productivity not only makes you a...

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Read below for five uncommon reasons you should embrace fitness within your life. 1. The Epiphany of ControlAs you commit to your fitness routine you’ll begin seeing your body change over time. Pounds will be lost and muscles will grow. Your brain will begin registering that your efforts are correlating to a positive result. Consistent application of this begins to manipulate the plasticity of the brain, subtly strengthening neural and psychological drivers that impact everyday life. You’ll soon realize that you have control over how your body looks and performs. Control, then, is a sensation that is no longer desired,...

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