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10 Positive Things That Happen to Your Body After Just One Workout

Reader's Digest Logo By Kimberly Hiss of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 10: People who work out everyday get crazy benefits—good for them. But what about that very first workout, or just one session? 'Overall there are several physical and mental benefits related to any type of exercise,' says Murphy Grant, MS, ATC, PES, executive chair of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine (ICSM), and associate athletic director for sports medicine at the University of Kansas. 'Depending on the type of workout you're doing, there can be lots of beneficial changes, including improved cardiovascular efficiency, increased bone density, higher metabolic efficiency, increased lean muscle mass and of course decreased body fat.' And most people would be surprised to know how much of that good stuff can start in just one exercise session, Grant adds.

General goodness for your body

From a boost in self image to a bump in creative thinking, a single session of exercise can bring you a surprising range of instant benefits.

People who work out everyday get crazy benefits—good for them. But what about that very first workout, or just one session? 'Overall there are several physical and mental benefits related to any type of exercise,' says Murphy Grant, MS, ATC, PES, executive chair of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine (ICSM), and associate athletic director for sports medicine at the University of Kansas. 'Depending on the type of workout you're doing, there can be lots of beneficial changes, including improved cardiovascular efficiency, increased bone density, higher metabolic efficiency, increased lean muscle mass and of course decreased body fat.' And most people would be surprised to know how much of that good stuff can start in just one exercise session, Grant adds.
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