Mental Benefits of Exercise
- The health benefits of exercise on the cardiovascular system are proven
in extensive studies. No one really questions whether exercise is good
for the heart. However, the benefits of exercise on brain function are
less known and not often discussed by the general public.
Exercise has a
profound positive impact on the way the brain works including treating
or preventing illnesses associated with the mind such as depression,
insomnia, mental alertness and mental fatigue. Each one of these benefits will be discussed below.
exercise makes you feel good. It induces the release of many hormones
such as endorphins that create a sense of well-being, happiness and reduce pain.
Exercise also causes more oxygenated blood to be delivered to the
brain. This extra oxygen allows the brain to function at a "higher
capacity". Indeed you may find that several hours after exercise, you
are more productive at your work. Some people opt to go to the gym
during their lunch break for a quick workout.
and Other Mental Health
exercise trains your body to better adapt to physical and mental stress and anxiety
. Exercise induces the production of various neurotransmitters that are needed for the body to cope.
who engage in regular exercise seem to sleep better at night. This may
be due to the effects of the hormones released by exercise.
suggested that it is because exercise causes your physical body and the
brain to be fatigued so as to make them want to recover when you sleep.
Thus, you are more likely to go into deeper sleep.
If you suffer from insomnia
perhaps consider some form of light exercise regularly to see if it
to have a positive effect on the health of nerve cells and may be
linked to extending their life. It may cause the release of
that can further protect cells from free radical damage.
Attitude towards Healthy Eating
who engage in a regular exercise program tend to watch what they eat
much more closely. The mental benefits of exercise include programming
your brain into thinking and taking actions such as
eating foods that are healthier.
Some productivity and efficiency experts such as Stephen Covey and
Anthony Robbins believe that what exercise does to the mind is more
significant than what it does to physical health. They may be right.
The mental benefits of exercise are often not considered by those who
exercise regularly. It is never too late to start an exercise program
even if you are older. Now that you know, don't you feel even better
about exercising regularly?
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