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5 effects exercising has on your brain

20 Jan 2023 10:22AM by Theo Calvert - Academy Tutor

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Not only is exercising good for your body and physical health, it’s also extremely beneficial for your brain and mental health! Many scientists have found that regular exercise of about an hour a day can “keep your mind sharp” and improve your mental wellbeing and confidence (Dana Foundation).

We’ve listed 5 different effects exercise can have on your brain below, so if you’re feeling the January blues why not give working out with us a go?

 

Exercise boosts your mood

Physical health and mental health are intrinsically linked. Well-being of the mind is a positive mental state and harmony between the mind and emotions. It includes a person’s ability to manage stress. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals such as dopamine and endorphins that make you feel happy. Exercise also helps your brain get rid of chemicals that make you feel stressed and anxious and can help you control feelings of anger or sadness.

Exercise promotes the growth of new brain cells

Scientists have found that exercise leads to neurogenesis, or the growth of new brain cells (CNBC, National Library of Medicine). This improves cognitive function, learning and memory, as well as allowing the brain cells to communicate better with each other.

Exercise protects your brain from aging

The more work you put into your brain, the stronger it gets. Regular exercise can increase the size of the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex which can both play a part in dementia or Alzheimer’s. While exercising isn’t the cure to completely stop brain aging, doing it regularly can help reduce or delay the onset.

Exercise transforms your self image

Every time you move your body, sensory receptors in your muscles, tendons, and joints send information to your brain about what is happening. While exercising, if you complete a move with power or high intensity, your brain essentially understands that you are powerful and this in turn, builds confidence.

Exercise improves your blood circulation

Your muscles require more oxygen when you exercise and naturally, blood will carry it to the brain. Your brain will also be exposed to more nutrients through increased blood flow which contribute to the overall good health of the brain.

With a range of workouts you can try with us in club, head down and spend as long as you want exercising. We promise you’ll walk out feeling great both physically and mentally!

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