A lot of times, we see people joining the gym after dealing with a challenging time, or sometimes they might also just take the gym as their escape route from life’s issues. They may tell you how they feel ‘the rush’ when they exercise and it makes them feel good about themselves, easing them out at mind which right then is no less than a static television: buzzing! So how does this really happen? And does exercise really contribute to your mental health in any way? Team Nutright did its part of the research and it turns out to be that the way exercise adds to your psychological well-being is more than what we generally know.
Prevents aging of the brain
The fact that the performance of our brain deteriorates as we age has a lot of truth to it, which is why we see our grandparents losing memory because of the gradual disintegration of the hippocampus. In simple terminology, the very significant cognitive processes slow down. What exercising does is that it highly improves the regulation of chemical fluids inside the brain, hence preventing the degeneration of important parts of the brain.
Facilitation of neurogenesis
Exercising facilitates the process whereby your brain creates new cells and this process is known as neurogenesis. There is a protein in the human body which is a product of the brain, it helps in the development of high intellect as well as efficient decision making. This specific protein is produced at a rapid rate when you are working out. So how about an extra mile on that treadmill, hmm?
Keeping you relaxed
Working out really does help a lot in managing the stress levels in your brain. Putting aside the cramps and muscle soreness that accompanies you in the initial days of your exercise routine, when you finally get in the rhythm you realize what a superb relaxing effect exercise has on your mind as well as your body. When you work out, your body releases more and more sweat, which when cools off and you shower afterward, it leaves you with a cooling effect.
Helping you regain your confidence
It’s not always about reaching the bigger goals in the fitness world, each small achievement is a milestone unlocked and even the slightest bit of improvement in the way your body looks and feels is a great confidence booster itself. It helps you get rid of body image problems and any complexes that you might be having.
Flux of endorphins
No doubt about this one, exercising releases hormones inside your body that give you a sense of euphoria and happiness, they are known as endorphins or just simply ‘happy hormones’. Which is why even when you indulge yourself in a sport your mood feels elevated afterward. This really is a great help for those who are battling depression and anxiety. Because it’s all about the hormone game here and certain chemical imbalances that we are dealing with.
So ask yourself, do you still choose to keep away from your exercise mat and/or the nearby gym?