Maybe you work out to build your biceps, flatten your belly, or tone your thighs. Maybe you exercise to fight against the killer diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. However how about working to advance your mind? “Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning,” says Harvard Medical School psychiatrist John Ratey. “Even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain.”
- It reverses the damaging effects of stress
Exercising can relieve tension by raising the levels of “happy” chemicals in the brain like dopamine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Exercising daily may even fight against the effects stress plays on our aging processes. Research at the University of California have shown that participants who were involved in vigorous work outs at least three times a week showed fewer signs of aging than those who did not.
- It relieves depression
Research has shown that exercising can lift symptoms of depression about as well as antidepressant medications. As you exercise your brain is stimulated to make more neuron connections which acts as a natural antidepressant itself!
- It enhances learning
Exercise raises the level of chemicals in the brain called growth factors that help produce new neurons and establish new connections among brain cells to promote learning.
- It enhances self-esteem and body image
As said before, the brain increases levels of the “happy” chemicals as you exercise. These chemicals improves your mood, and never fails in brighten your view on yourself.
Hey gang, these are just four. If you’ve been to our boot camp, you know that there are many more benefits than just these. So, continue exercising and invite a friend to come try out our bootcamp program!