How exercise affects your brain

How exercise affects your brain

The chances are that most people are well aware of the benefits of regular exercise. Alongside healthy eating, exercise is a vital component in improving our wellbeing and can keep us looking and feeling great. Finding the motivation to keep on track can be tough, but if you stick to it then you will soon reap the rewards. One thing that exercise can help with is our hearts. One of the most important organs in the body, exercise can keep our heart rates at a healthy level, lowering the risk of strokes and heart disease. It can also help to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

This all might seem quite straight forward but there are also some benefits of exercising that are not so commonly known, particularly when it comes to the brain.


Improve your mood

If you are feeling low and need a boost then exercise can actually help improve mood. By releasing feel-good chemicals in the brain, it can have a positive impact on people who are suffering from depression and anxiety. As well as this it can increase people’s body temperature which can have calming effects.

On a non-scientific level, it can also help people when it comes to social interaction. If you are not in a positive frame of mind, going for a jog or a run means you are more likely to bump into a friendly face who are able to make you feel better. This type of productivity can also help distract your mind from the negative experiences in your life by putting your energy into physical activity.

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By concentrating on your body’s movements rather than what has stressed you out, exercise can actually act like meditation in motion. Focusing on a single task like running, swimming or cycling can leave you feeling refreshed and with a new perspective on whatever was irritating you.

If you do not want to participate in something too exerting then give yoga or aerobics a try, the relaxing environment can act as an effective stress reliever. The main goal of this is to give your mind something else to think about. If you are short of ideas then book a motivational sports speaker who can help you de-stress.

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Improve self-esteem

It’s a bit of a cliché but looking good really can help you feel good. Studies have shown that when somebody is satisfied with their physical appearance then it really can have a positive impact on mental well-being. The Chinese martial art Tai Chi is renowned for boosting self-esteem and life satisfaction.

A six-month study from the Oregon Research Institute noted that people felt empowered after the experiment had concluded leaving people with a more positive outlook on life. A sense of an achievement can also do this by completing small goals that you set yourself. This way progress can be viewed and make people feel good about themselves.


Improve memory

This might seem surreal but scientists have found that the part of the brain that controls thinking and memory have a larger volume in people who exercise compared to those who do not. One element of training which seems to help this is strength training. One study discovered that just 20 minutes of leg strengthening exercise could enhance memory capacity by 10%!

Scientists in the USA have also noted that exercising can also trigger protein in the brain which in turn boosts cells and therefore making people have a better memory.

There are a range of different ways in which exercise helps the brain but perhaps the most difficult aspect of exercising is maintaining motivation. If you are struggling to stay on track then a motivational sports speaker can help.

Here at Champions Motivational Speakers we have a whole host of sports speakers perfect for any event or conference. For booking information simply call us on +44 1509 85 29 27 or complete our online form. 

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