It has been scientifically proven that exercise can boost your mood by helping curve the negative symptoms brought on by depression and anxiety. When we work out, endorphins are created in the brain and spinal cord, which are partially responsible for creating feelings of happiness and euphoria. When we experience these types of sensations, it is only natural that they combat depression and our overall melancholy feelings. Even with moderate exercise, you can begin to shake away the blues. Sometimes, doctors even ‘prescribe’ a regular workout routine before turning to medications.
If there is one thing that can weigh negatively on anyone’s mood, it’s stress. Stress works hard to deteriorate our mental health at every turn. Exercise is a great answer to alleviating some of that tension. When we work out, our heart rate increases, triggering the production of neurohormones such as norepinephrine. This chemical can actually help reverse some of the stress-induced brain damage as well as improve our mood and lift the rain cloud that stressful events tend to leave hanging over us. Also, exercise forces the different systems within our body to communicate and work cohesively, leading to an improved ability to react and respond to stress.
Goal-setting and achievements are a huge part of regularly exercising. Whether your goals are big or small, long-term or short-term, reaching them are sure to boost your self-esteem and overall view of yourself. If you’re out to lose fifty pounds, shave off some time on your one-mile jog or simply just want to become more sociable and active, reaching achievements will begin to add up and before too long, you will find yourself with not only a renewed body, but a spirit and mood as well
Not only does exercise help lift the fog that can shroud our minds, it can also build intelligence and strength memories. When studies were conducted of both mice and humans, the results indicated that cardiovascular exercise created new brain cells through a process called ‘neurogenesis’, leading to improved brain performance. This also helps prevent cognitive decline, or memory loss, by strengthening the hippocampus. This portion of the brain is responsible for some key items such as retaining memories and learning.
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