How Can Exercise Change My Mental Health and Mood?

exerciseA workout does a body good in more ways than one. Not only does exercise help you stay slim and fit, it also promotes healthy brain function and mental health.

Recently, researches at the University of California revealed new insights into how exercise affects brain metabolism and neuropathic pathways. They found that daily exercise improved communication between neurotransmitters (brain chemicals). Because of this, regular workouts actually helped improve both physical and emotional health.

Dr. Maddock, one of the lead researchers involved in the study said that exercise is such a demanding mental activity that producing more neurotransmitters is just one of many side effects.

This new research scientifically validates what doctors and scientists have always thought: working out is good for your mental health. When you exercise, many different things happen inside the body. One of these things is increased production of important hormones and neurochemicals in the brain. Serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and cannaboids are all brain chemicals known as endorphins, the very chemicals responsible for that post-workout grin you get after leaving the gym.

These brain chemicals are vital to overall health as they are needed for regular sleep, a healthy appetite and – you guessed it –  your good mood.

Because the brain is responsible for producing all these essential chemicals, it needs a workout just like your muscles. A regular workout enhances your brain’s ability to manufacture these important brain chemicals so that you suffer from less stress, achieve deeper, more restful sleep and are able to maintain better dietary habits.

Don’t wait! Take a long after-dinner walk and get your heart pumping. Your body, brain and good mood will thank you.


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