The following article is a guest post.
Research has long shown that exercise is good for us and we’re all aware of its many physical benefits.
However, staying active and exercising can also greatly improve our mental well-being on a day-to-day basis.
The truth is that daily exercise can be just as effective as other forms of therapy, or even prescription drugs. So, if you’re looking for ways in which exercise can enhance your mood, read on.
Make better decisions.
Any type of exercise such as running, weight training or even a quick session with a beginner kettlebell set can be all you need in order to be able to think more clearly and therefore make better decisions. This is due to exercise activating the parts of your brain which are important for processing your emotions and making all kinds of decisions.
The next time you have an important meeting or job interview, it may be a good idea to spend the morning exercising if you have the time. Doing so will allow you to thoroughly consider what may happen during the meeting and decide on how you may deal with it.
Reduce stress and negative moods.
Those who exercise on a regular basis are said to be less likely to get stressed and can also process negative thoughts and emotions better than those who do not.
Exercising for a couple of days each week can actually alter how your brain regulates your mood throughout the day. This is because exercise helps your brain to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects your mood and has been said to affect our social behavior.
Exercising can also make us feel relaxed during the more stressful times of our lives.
Sometimes giving yourself an hour or two in the gym or attending a yoga class can be an excellent way of processing anything negative that has happened throughout the day and processing negative emotions.
Rid yourself of tension and anxiety.
As mentioned above, exercise can help to increase serotonin levels in the brain.
The same serotonin that helps to regulate your mood can also make you feel happy and reduce anxiety. This is due to serotonin helping to decrease negative thoughts and emotions which in turn allows you to think more positively. Thinking positively is the best way to reduce anxiety in tense situations.
Improve your memory and cognitive performance.
Many people say that the brain is like a muscle and this may be due to the effect that exercise can have on our cognitive performance. Many studies have shown a link between physical and mental wellness as well as how exercise can help us to prepare for mental tests such as educational exams, job interviews and creative tasks.
Exercise has also been said to improve our recollection.
This is due to cardiovascular or aerobic exercise having an effect on the hippocampus, the part of our brains that is associated with memory.
As well as helping us remember more, taking a few hours out of your day to workout prior to undergoing mental challenges will enable you to be more focused, retain information more easily and have better concentration.
So, the next time you’re looking to boost your mood and improve your day, why not consider a more fitness-focused approach?
A healthy body will almost definitely lead on to a healthy mind and it will not take long for you to see some of the beneficial qualities listed above.
Just 10-15 minutes of exercise per day could be all that’s needed to greatly improve your mood and have a positive impact on your life.