Many people exercise rigorously everyday to keep their heart healthy, to keep their body and fit and to keep away from the unwanted fats, to look good, or to maintain their overall health. What many people fail to notice and realize is that working out is not simply beneficial for the body but also for the mind. Regardless of the frequency and intensity of exercise, moving those muscles and breaking a sweat could benefit one’s mental health big time.
Exercising is one effective stress buster. Had a rough day at school or at work? Fought with your boyfriend? Missed the train? Yes, many things in life give us major stresses. And the good news is that you could relieve you mind from your stressors through moving. Take a walk or hit the gym. Exercise deals with both physical and mental stresses. It also increases concentrations of norepinephrine which is kind of chemical that controls the brain’s response to stress. So go ahead and kill that stress with your sweat.
Exercising could also make you happier. Exercise also promotes the release of endorphins which bring about feelings of happiness and euphoria. Exercise could even be so effective to the point that it could improve the mood of those diagnosed with clinical depression. You do not have to be an ardent gym-goer to reap the benefits of exercise. Even half an hour workouts a few times every week could alleviate your mood.
Exercise also has the power to improve one’s self-confidence. Exercise has just that uncanny ability to boost a person’s self-esteem or self-image. If you have the willingness and ability to break a sweat regularly, what’s not to be proud of?
Exercise does not only deal with the mood or emotions, it also keeps our brains sharp. As people age, their brains start to somewhat deteriorate. Degenerative processes may even lead to mental illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease. Working out helps boost brain chemicals that prevent degeneration of hippocampus which is an important part in the brain where processes of memorizing and learning are carried out.
Yes, exercise makes us smarter. Cardiovascular exercises are discovered to promote production of new brain cells and improve the brain’s overall performance. It helps us specifically in fields of decision-making, higher thinking, and learning.
Not only do you become a better learner, you also would be able to memorize more easily and efficiently. Regular physical activities could boost your learning capabilities and improve your memory. And the good news is it is never too late for you. Running sprints could improve vocabulary retention among adults.
Depression is not the only thing eased by exercise. It is also found to manage anxiety. Chemicals released when you move and break a sweat are found to help a person calm down during anxiety attacks.
Exercising could also help you get more creative. Heart-pounding gym sessions could boost one’s creativity for up to two hours after the rigorous exercise. It would even be better if you do your workouts outdoors and get inspired by nature. Next time you need your creative side to surface, take a walk outside. Way to go, Picasso.