Your Brain On Exercise: How Exercise Helps Your Mental Well-Being

Certain species of shark can die, if they stop moving. Your dog gets moody without walks. So do you. Humans have been glued to screens and monitors for fifty years and, combined with the ongoing pandemic, it’s taking its toll.  Moving is something you’re biologically wired to do. To encourage you to get up, walk tall, full of purpose and to exercise, here is a list of mental health benefits of physical activity and exercise: 

1. Mood 

It is not exactly clear why exercise is good for our mood, but we know that it works. Exercise elevates your serotonin levels thus increasing your happiness while at the same time, keeping your stress and anxiety at bay. So if you’re moody, put you sneakers on, and go for a run.  

2. Sleep

Physical activity does wonders for your circadian rhythm (your inner sleep-wake cycle) and helps you get a good sleep. It helps our bodies release endorphins and increases core body temperature which signals our body clock it’s time to wake up. Non-exercisers are, reportedly, more tired and snore more. So as a goal, if not for yourself, exercise for others in your immediate household. They will thank you.  

3. Mental state

Exercise increases brain plasticity influencing cognition and well-being .  On top of that you may run into (pun intended) new friends which will make your new regimen all the more worthwhile. You may also consider joining the gym, but take all the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe in these trying times. Here are those that are currently open in Kelowna.

So if you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands… then move your arms, legs, torso and the rest of your body. Get going, get moving like your life depends on it, because it does. You’ll thank yourself and/or this post later.

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