How Exercise Effects My Mood and Brain

It's Mental Health Awareness Week and therefore we wanted to share with you the science behind exercise and it's benefits on the brain. We all know that exercise can be beneficial in maintaining better mental health and in combating conditions such as depression. But, do we all understand how exactly it works to enhance our mood, motivation and brain concentration and what actually is happening inside our bodies and brain at this time?

Well, here goes...

In summary, when you exercise at a high intensity your brain goes through neurochemical changes. for example it releases a protein chemical into your brain (BDNF) which helps to improve learning speed and it releases happy hormones such as serotonin, noradrenaline  and dopamine that help to motivate you. boost your mood and enhance energy throughout the day. Here's more detail below on each of these!

The Brain: Can I exercise to get clever!!?

Your brain is no different than rest of the muscles in your body–you either use it or you lose it! The benefits of exercise, especially aerobic exercise, have positive effects on brain function. According to a study done by the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Georgia, even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions.  Exercise  increases heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain. It also aids the bodily release of a plethora of hormones, all of which participate in aiding and providing a nourishing environment for the growth of brain cells. It's like giving yourself a super power!

Mood and Exercise:

The same antidepressant-like effects associated with “runner’s high” found in humans is associated with a drop in stress hormones. A study from Stockholm showed that the antidepressant effect of running or aerobic exercise was also associated with more cell growth in the hippocampus, an area of the brain responsible for learning and memory. Because of this, exercise can have an enormous impact on your mood and could be just as effective as anti-depressants in treating mild-to-moderate depression and can help to prevent people from becoming depressed again.

Watch to see more about the impact our exercise has on the brain below:

So, what are the main 'takeaways' or tips?!

  1. In general, anything that is good for your heart is great for your brain.
  2. High intensity or Aerobic exercise is great for body and brain: not only does it improve brain function, but it also acts as a “first aid kit” on damaged brain cells.
  3. Exercising in the morning before going to work or school not only spikes brain activity and prepares you for mental stresses for the rest of the day, but also produces increases retention of new information, and better reaction to complex situations.
  4. Exercise releases chemicals into our brains to help lift our mood and positivity

Do you want to try adding some morning exercise into your routine to start seeing all of these benefits?

Then try a free workout on us below:

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Healthy Regards,

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