Better hearing, less constipation and other surprising benefits of exercise

Story highlights

  • Numerous studies have linked regular exercise to a lower risk of colds
  • Regular exercise improves the ability to fall asleep, as well as sleep duration and quality

The following is adapted from "Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day" by Robert J. Davis with Brad Kolowich Jr.

(CNN)Periodically, we see reports that scientists are closer to developing a pill that would mimic the benefits of exercise.

The truth is that no medication or supplement even comes close to exercise for being able to do so much for so many people -- or probably ever will.
While we've all heard that regular exercise can improve heart health and strengthen muscles, it can also enhance the quality of your life in a number of ways. Five such benefits may surprise you.

    Sounder sleep

    The headline of a survey by the National Sleep Foundation said it best: "Exercise is good for sleep." In the