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Wellness of Mind and Body through the Benefits of Exercise

Over the last decade, scientists have explored into how exercising can improve brain function. Whatever the person’s age or fitness level, research proves that setting time for exercise brings some considerable mental benefits.

Here are six ways regular exercise can boost cognition and your general sense of well-being:

Stress Reduction
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Stress relief is one of the most popular benefits of exercise. Sweating up can help alleviate physical and mental stress. It also increases your body’s supply of norepinephrine, a chemical that can regulate your brain’s stress response. So if you feel at times that you’re being swallowed by mental tension, get out there and start moving.
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Increased Happy Hormone Synthesis

Slogging through a number of few miles on the treadmill can be a feat, but it’s certainly worth the effort! As you may have heard before, exercise releases happy hormones known as endorphins. According to studies, exercise can even ease symptoms in clinically depressed patients. Because of this, doctors recommend gym time for anyone suffering from depression or anxiety as long as long as they are physically capable. There are cases in which exercise proves to be just as effective as antidepressant medication.

No worries if you’re not exactly the gym buff type — you can get an instant happy buzz even if you work out for only 30 minutes twice or thrice weekly.

Self-Confidence Boost

Get on the treadmill to look and feel like a superstar. From the core, physical fitness drives up your self-esteem and shapes a positive self-image. Irrespective of your gender, age, size or weight, exercise can swiftly elevate your perception of your own self-worth.
Loving the Great Outdoors

Exercising in the great outdoors can boost your self-esteem even more. Do your homework and find yourself an outdoor workout that suits your style, be it hiking or canoeing or rock-climbing, etc. The Vitamin D you get from all that sun (please wear your sunscreen!) can keep those depressive symptoms at bay.

Maintaining Cognitive Ability

It’s not good news, but it’s true — aging makes our brains a little less sharp. Though exercise and a healthy diet can’t treat Alzheimer’s disease, it can help prevent or control cognitive decline, which starts after the age of 45 in most people. In persons between 25 and 45 years old, exercise boosts the levels of specific chemicals in the brain that prevent the degeneration of the hippocampus, that section of the brain that is in charge of learning and memory.

Anxiety Alleviation

Lastly, here’s a bit of Q & A: which is better in terms of relieving anxiety — a warm bubble bath or a jog with your dog? You may find the answer surprising. The warm and fuzzy chemicals released by your body during and after can be soothing. And we thought exercise was just a perfect way to shed weight!