Most people exercise in order to build muscle, improve cardiovascular health, lose weight, and look good. However, a large number of people never realize that regular exercise can have beneficial effects on your body psychologically as well as physically. Regular exercise can improve self-confidence, relieve stress, and even improve your memory.
This is probably the most well-known psychological benefit of exercise. Stress comes in two forms: mental stress and physical stress. Exercise can help relieve both. In addition, exercise increases the production of a chemical called norepinephrine in your body which has been known to help your brain manage its response to stress.
Many individuals chalk up a boosted self-confidence simply to being a result of looking better by exercising. However, self-confidence goes far beyond just your body image. Exercise has been known to improve self-esteem regardless of your weight, gender, or other physical factors prior to exercising.
Promote Mental Sharpness As You Age
As individuals get older, both aging and certain diseases like Alzheimer’s can begin to destroy your brain cells. In fact, your brain actually shrinks slightly as you age. Obviously, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s or the effects of aging in general. However, getting plenty of exercise can reduce the rate of mental decline and even prevent it from the beginning until later in life.
A lot of research still has to be done in this area. However, the current understanding is that exercising can lead to increased cell production in your hippocampus (an area of the brain responsible for storing long-term memories). This effect is more prominent in children who exercise because their brain is still developing. Nevertheless, adults can still see some benefits as well.
As many people already know, exercise releases endorphins in your brain which have been linked to increased feelings of happiness. This can be especially beneficial for individuals who suffer from symptoms of depression. Research has shown that even a relatively small amount of exercise (half an hour per day for 3-4 days a week) can actually improve your mood overall. Of course, that’s not to mention the fact that higher self-confidence and less stress are likely to lead to greater happiness as well.
If you are ready to start reaping the benefits of regular exercise (both physical and mental), contact PumpFit Club today and ask about trying a free class.