The mental health benefits of exercise
Written on the 3 April 2019 by Arrow
Exercise can be incredibly beneficial for the body, but it's also great for the mind. So what are you waiting for? Get moving!
We all know the feeling - that buzzy, warm glow we get after exercise. Whether it's a gentle jog, playing footy with the kids or lifting a personal best, exercising makes us feel good. But it isn't just the smug satisfaction of knowing we've been active for the day (although this is pretty nice too) there's a scientific reason why moving our bodies makes us happy.
It all comes down to processes in the brain. According to the Australian Medical Association, exercising releases neurotransmitters into the brain called endorphins and serotonin. These chemicals have mood boosting properties that leave you with the so-called 'runners' high'. Endorphins help to encourage positive feelings and can provide relief from conditions like anxiety for hours after exercise is over.
Exercising for the brain
Wearing yourself out with physical activity is bound to help you sleep better at night. This can lead to a number of health benefits for both the body and the mind, and everyone knows how a good night's sleep can enhance your mood!
Exercising for you
How much exercise should I be doing?
Here are some ideas to get you started:
join a social sports team after work
hit the pool for some laps
instead of meeting a friend for coffee, go for a walk in the park
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