The Mental Rewards of Exercise

by | Nov 16, 2020

The Mental Rewards of Exercise

by | Nov 16, 2020

We all understand the physical health benefits of exercise. But it’s important not to underestimate the mental benefits. Regular aerobic exercise, like walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, gardening and dancing, have been proven to reduce anxiety and depression. Exercise also stimulates chemicals that improve your mood and the parts of the brain responsible for memory and learning.

If you’re looking for ways to improve motivation and concentration as well as your overall well-being, consider making regular exercise part of your weekly routine. Just thirty minutes of exercise of moderate intensity, such as brisk walking for 3 days a week, is enough to feel the benefits. 

Exercise Helps With Depression and Anxiety

Regular exercise increases endorphin levels, the famous “feel good” chemical produced by the brain and spinal cord responsible for producing feelings of happiness and euphoria. Moderate exercise throughout the week can drastically improve symptoms of depression and anxiety, so much so that it’s almost always part of a treatment plan for mental health recommended by doctors. 

Exercise Gives You More Mental Energy

Studies also show that exercise boosts creativity and mental energy. The same endorphins that make you feel good when you exercise also help you concentrate and feel mentally sharp when completing tasks. Exercise that gets your heart rate up several times a week also gives you more get-up-and-go energy each morning, helping you improve productivity.

Exercise Offers a Brain Boost

Studies indicate that cardiovascular exercise creates new brain cells in a process called neurogenesis. This improves memory, thinking and overall brain performance. Exercise also prevents memory loss and cognitive decline as you get older by strengthening the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning. 

Exercise Improves Sleep

When you exercise, the body’s central and sympathetic nervous systems must communicate with one another, which improves the body’s overall ability to respond to stress. Increasing your heart rate regularly through exercise can also help reverse stress-induced brain damage by stimulating the production of neurohormones like norepinephrine, which boosts cognition and mood as well as improving thinking clouded by stressful events.

Exercise Improves Sleep

Getting enough quality sleep is essential for every single cognitive process, affecting everything from learning and thinking critically to managing emotions. If you have trouble getting quality sleep, exercise can help. Physical activity during the day helps regulate your circadian rhythm, our bodies’ built-in alarm clock that controls when we feel alert and when we feel tired. It also increases body temperature, which can calm the mind.

Looking for Holistic Health Advice?

Exercise is one essential component of maintaining your overall health. At Releaf Clinics and Dispensaries, our doctors can provide tailored health advice to help you improve your overall health and wellbeing. As a dedicated clinic and dispensary group, we can simplify the consultation process and make it easier for you to access the medicine you need.

Our telehealth consults allow you to access services with Releaf Clinic’s doctors via phone and video chat. Contact us today to chat about how we can help improve your health. 

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