Hey guys! Marcus from Fitness Room here!
We all know how training changes us physically, and that’s probably the main reason we start exercising. However, the first change due to training actually happens in your brain, not your body! Today we’ll break down some of the positive changes that occur in your mental health and how they happen.
Some of the most correlated benefits of exercise and mental health are:
- Improved brain function.
- Improved sleep patterns.
- Improved sense of personal control.
- Reduced stress and anxiety.
- Exercise acts as a natural antidepressant.
The first thing to clarify is that while exercise does have therapuetic benefits, it should not be treated as a complete fix. If you or someone you know is struggling with clinical depression or anxiety, it’s important that you seek help from mental health professionals.
How it Works
There are lots of proposed methods for how exercise influences mental health. The most common effect is the release of endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. All of these have positive effects on your well-being, especially in the short term right after you exercise.
As you progress more, exercise also increases blood circulation to areas of the brain which are responsible for controlling emotion, memory, mood and motivation.
How Much Exercise Do We Need?
The good thing is that release of positive hormones/neurotransmitters happens as soon as you exercise! In order to receive all the long term benefits, you’ll need to be training hard enough to see improvement in your metabolism and cardiovascular health. Everything is connected so once you start seeing physical change, your mental health will also most likely be improving.
Thanks guys! Have a great weekend!