Exercise is vital for mental health and doing
exercise directly influences the brain and your mood. In this video, we cover 5 reasons why exercise
improves your mood. 1) Releases Endorphins
– Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria within
us – Studies have shown that exercise can alleviate
symptoms depression and for this reason people struggling with depression or anxiety are
recommended to exercise regularly – In some cases, exercise has been found to
be as effective as antidepressant pills in treating depression, which is quite amazing
when you consider that you just need to be physically active for 30 minutes each day 2) Builds Confidence
– Our physical fitness can boost self-esteem and improve our self-image as we become fitter
and healthier – This is as we change our perception of our
attractiveness following exercise, feeling stronger and more confident as a result
– In many cases, this perception is true as well, as we physically become healthier…
– …which people instinctively seek when looking for a partner 3) Prevent Cognitive Decline
– As we get older, our brains naturally age as well, which can directly impact cognitive
performance – The result is that ageing can naturally
kill off brain cells, causing the brain to shrink and lose many important functions in
the process – Exercise can’t prevent decline completely,
but it can help protect the brain against cognitive decline that begins after age 45
– This is because working out boosts the chemicals in the brain that support and prevent degeneration
of the hippocampus, which is vital for memory and learning 4) Boosts Brainpower
– Studies on mice and people have shown that cardiovascular exercise can create new brain
cells in a process called neurogenesis – This helps to improve overall brain performance
making you more alert and active – Research also suggests that an intense workout
increases levels of a brain-derived protein in the body…
– …which helps with decision making, higher thinking and learning 5) Helps You Relax
– For some people a workout can help you relax and fall asleep, and can even help sufferers
of insomnia – The activity of moving around a few hours
before bedtime raises the body’s core temperature – When the body temperature drops back to
normal later on, it signals the body that it’s time to sleep
– If you think about times when people were still out in the wild, this kind of activity
would have been normal during the day, preparing them for a good night’s sleep when it got
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