5 Ways Exercise Can Help Your Brainpower and Mood!

27 Apr

1.     Exercise reverses the detrimental effects of stress.  Exercise boosts levels of soothing brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.  On a cellular level, exercise may even reverse some of the damage caused by stress that can accelerate the aging process.

2.     Exercise lifts depression.  Sustained, sweat-inducing activity can reduce symptoms of depression about as effectively as antidepressants, according to a recent study.

3.     Exercise improves learning.  Exercise increases the level of the chemicals in the brain — called growth factors — that help make new brain cells.

4.     Exercise builds self-esteem and improves body image.  Even simply seeing fitness improvements, like running a faster mile or lifting more weight, can improve your self-esteem and body image.

5.     Exercise leaves you feeling euphoric.  High-intensity exercise can leave you with a feeling of euphoria.  Try running, biking, or swimming as fast as you can for 30 to 40 seconds and then reduce your speed to a gentle pace for five minutes before sprinting again.

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