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Your Brain Will Thank You After Exercise

By Donna Stark

Most people know that if they want to improve their physical health, they need to exercise regularly. They know that those washboard abs and toned muscles don't just appear on their own and they understand that if they want to reduce the risk of future health complications they need to stay committed to their workouts. But there is another reason to keep exercise a priority and unfortunately, many people don't even know what it is. It barely crosses their mind but if it did, I can guarantee that their brain would thank them for it!

Exercise Improves Mental Health

The benefits of daily exercise to our physical health are obvious. We lose weight, our muscles become toned (or bigger), and our overall health improves. But exercise also has some benefits that may not be seen with the naked eye. Benefits that are just as, if not more, important than those picture-worthy abs. Take a look at how physical fitness can improve your mental health as well!

  • Relieves stress - Having effective stress-management skills is a must if you want to live a healthy and happy life, and exercise is one of the best ways to do that. While exercising, the body releases its "feel-good chemicals." These chemicals help the body relax and can reduce the levels of stress and anxiety you may be experiencing.
  • Sharpens the brain - If you are tired of doing all of those crossword puzzles put them away and sharpen your brain with some physical activity instead! Exercise can help improve memory and decrease the risk of cognitive decline.
  • Increases motivation - If you have a lot to get done but are feeling totally unmotivated to do any of it, start moving! Take a short walk, climb a flight of stairs, or do some jumping jacks. Getting your blood pumping will give you plenty of extra energy to accomplish what needs to be done for the day.
  • Promotes creativity - It's been said that a simple workout can boost creativity for several hours after you are done. So, if you have writer's block, or if your boss is asking for new ideas, or if you are meeting with a new client, get some physical activity first and then sit down to create!

Physical Activity for Your Entire Body

In addition to improving your appearance and your overall wellness, staying physically active can also improve your mental health too, so keep moving. It really is a no-brainer to do so!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pooler, Ga.

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