As you know, we’re all about a holistic lifestyle, eating right and regular exercise. Apart from the fact that it’s a healthy habit, you may find yourself wondering what will happen if you don’t exercise and make an attempt to stay fit. Will it really have an adverse effect on your health, other than making you pack on the pounds and get a little bit lazy?

Well, yes! According to a new study, Finnish researchers have come closer to proving that exercise has a direct impact on physical and mental health, regardless of the lifestyle, eating habits and genetics.

For the purpose of the study, researchers at the University of Jyvaskyla observed identical twins in their early adulthood, who had taken up drastically different lifestyles and exercise habits. What they found was that the sedentary twins, compared to their active siblings displayed lower endurance capacities, had a higher body fat percentage, and showed signs of insulin resistance. They also had also had significantly less gray matter, suggesting that their muscle coordination was inferior to that of their twin.

These findings prove that no matter the genetic markings, lifestyle and upbringing, physical activity does contribute significantly to an overall healthier way of living, and mental well-being. Yet another reason to exercise, perhaps?

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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.